Emergencies

HelpAge has over 20 years' experience of working with and for older people in emergencies.

We work to ensure that older people are included in immediate and long-term humanitarian relief efforts on the ground, and in humanitarian policies and guidelines.

Gaza crisis

HelpAge staff in the rubble in Gaza (c) HelpAge International

Our staff on the ground in Gaza are working to meet the most urgent needs of older people affected by the conflict.

Find out what we're doing in Gaza.

Syria crisis

Syrian refugees in Jordan. (c) Amandine Allaire/HelpAge International

The ongoing conflict in Syria has left over 3.2 million people as refugees and 10.8 million people in need inside Syria.

Find out how we're helping older people and their families affected by the conflict.

South Sudan

An older woman in South Sudan (c) Christian Als/Dansk Flygtningehjlp

An estimated 3.2 million people currently need humanitarian assistance due to violence in South Sudan.

We're providing older people with essential items such as blankets, as well as psychosocial support to help them cope with the trauma of conflict.

Typhoon Haiyan

An older woman in the Philippines, scenes of devastation from Typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan affected 16 million people in the Philippines. Up to 1.2 million were over 60.

With our partners, we're on the ground helping older people to rebuild their homes and livelihoods.

Older people's needs

An older man after the Haiti earthquake

HelpAge is the only international development agency to focus on older people's specific needs in emergencies.

Humanitarian policy

An older man in Pakistan. (c) HelpAge International.

Our humanitarian policy work ensures that older people are visible and included in humanitarian relief efforts.

How we work

An older woman who was affected by the tsunami

We work with older people, local and regional partners, carrying out immediate relief programmes and longer term rehabilitation projects.

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