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.

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.

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.

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.

Drought in Ethiopia

Emayu makes a tiny living selling firewood chopped from her barren lands (c) Erna Mentesnot Hintz/HelpAge International

Ethiopia is enduring its worst drought in decades. Rains have failed, drying up water supplies and threatening the lives of more than 10 million Ethiopians.

Find out how we are supporting older people to access water, generate an income and improve their health.

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.

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.

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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