Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan has affected 16 million people in the Philippines, of which we estimate up to 1.2 million are over 60.

Since the typhoon hit in November 2013, we've helped over 140,000 people rebuild their lives by providing them with food, shelter, cash transfers and psychological support.

Latest update on our response

We're working with our local partner the Coalition of Services for the Elderly (COSE) to help older people affected by the typhoon. In the first six months following the typhoon, we have delivered:

  • Emergency food packages to almost 8,000 households in hard-to-reach communities.
  • Emergency shelter kits to 4,000 households, including tarpaulins and wood.
  • Cash transfers to almost 16,000 people to allow them to buy basic items, such as food.
  • Rice and fertiliser to about 4,000 older farmers and fertiliser to a further 3,500.
  • Psychosocial support to almost 1,700 people in partnership with Mercy Malaysia to help older people recover from the trauma and loss caused by the typhoon.
  • Health check ups and medical examinations with free access to one month's supply of appropriate medicines for more than 1,600 people in remote barangays in Leyte.

Next steps

The next phase of our work will help older people's re-establish their livelihoods, shelter and other immediate needs, including:

  • Helping older people rebuild livelihoods that were destroyed by the typhoon. This will help older people meet their daily needs.
  • Helping older people access safe and secure shelter.
  • Helping older people access basic healthcare.
  • Addressing isolation and ensuring older people understand how to access their rights.

Donate now

In the UK

Our sister organisation, Age International, has launched an emergency appeal to support older people affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Or you can text URGENT to 70004 to donate £5 to help older people in the Philippines.

In the USA

Our sister organisation, HelpAge USA, has launched an emergency appeal to support older people affected by Typhoon Haiyan.


If you live outside the UK and the USA you can donate to support older people by Typhoon Haiyan here.

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Anacleta, 77, her house is almost completely collapsed due to Typhoon Haiyan (c) Rosaleen Cunningham/HelpAge International

Anacleta is 77 and a widow. She said: "My house has almost completely collapsed. I've lived here for 25 years.

"I'm still sleeping here. We have nowhere else to go. I climb a plank to get to the house and sleep on a slope. My greatest need is to repair my house."

Read more Typhoon Haiyan case studies.