Emergencies and humanitarian crises

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.

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 and humanitarian crises.

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.

Humanitarian response

We work to ensure that older people are included in immediate and long-term humanitarian relief efforts on the ground. Read more about current emergencies we are responding to.  

Promoting inclusion

(c) (c) Leah Gordon/HelpAge International

Age and Disability Capacity Building (ADCAP) programme, we aim to improve how humanitarian agencies cater for older people and those with disabilities in emergency responses.

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.

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