Humanitarian response

HelpAge works to ensure that older people are included in immediate and long-term humanitarian relief efforts on the ground. Current emergencies we are responding to include:

Syria crisis

Fawzya, 73, fled Aleppo in Syria and now lives with her three children in Lebanon

The ongoing conflict in Syria has left nearly five million have flee the country, with over one million to Lebanon.

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

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.

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.

Burundi refugee crisisMiguro is a 66-year-old refugee from Burundi

More than a quarter of a million people have fled Burundi amid political turmoil that erupted last April. More than half escaped to Tanzania and live among three camps close to the border.

We are helping to support older men and women, as well as other vulnerable groups in the camps.

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.