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.

Nepal earthquake

A woman cries as her son is trapped inside a collapsed house after the earthquake. (c) REUTERS/Navesh Chitraka

A huge earthquake in Nepal has affected 8 million people.

Find out how we're supporting older men and women who have lost everything.

Syria crisis

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

The ongoing conflict in Syria has left over 3.9 million people as refugees and 7.6 million people inside Syria displaced.

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

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.

Ukraine crisis

Leonid, Ukraine. (c) Sarah Gillam/HelpAge International

We're providing older people affected by the ongoing conflict with essential items, such as blankets, as well as psychosocial support.

Find out more about our work in Ukraine.

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.

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.

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.

Promoting inclusion

(c) (c) Leah Gordon/HelpAge International

Through the 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.

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