We empower older people in Africa in a whole range of ways.

For instance, we share information with our partners and advise on ageing issues.

We fight for older people's needs and rights to be placed right at the heart of policy and legislation.

We also help older people take action to curb the impact and spread of HIV and AIDS.

Where we work in Africa

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We work in: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, MozambiqueSouth AfricaSouth SudanTanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Supporting older people in Africa

  • In Uganda, we have established older people's groups to help them find out about their rights and empower them to lobby local authorities.
  • In Ethiopia, we have provided cash transfers to 960 older people affected by the current drought so their basic needs are met.
  • In the villages where we work in Tanzania, we have cut the number of murders related to witchcraft accusations by 90%
  • In South Africa, we have secured transport for over 8,000 older people so they can get to health clinics.

What next?

As part of our 2010-2015 Africa Strategy, we want:

  • better income security for older people, through pensions and work
  • better-quality health, HIV and AIDS, and care services for older people and those they support
  • more focus on older people's needs in emergencies, and a bigger role for them in recovery efforts
  • to create and support a movement in which older people challenge age discrimination and claim their rights.

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Striking facts

  • By the end of 2007, AIDS was the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • In Tanzania over 40% of orphaned grandchildren are cared for by their grandmothers. In Zimbabwe, this figure rises to 60%.
  • In 2007, the AIDS prevalence rate for people in Kenya aged 50-54 was 8%, compared with 4.1% for the "high risk" age group of 15-24.*

*The Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey, 2007

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HelpAge International
East, West and Central Africa Regional Development Centre

Development Centre,
Off Lower Kabete Road,
Off Shanzu Road, PO Box 14888 00800, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: + 254 20 263 7854
Mobile: +254 0721 361608/ +254 0733 333246
Tele/Fax: +254 20 444 1052

HelpAge International Southern Africa Regional Development Office

Hatfield Plaza, 3rd Floor
1122 Burnett Street
Pretoria, 0028

PO Box: 12471

Tel: +27 (0) 12 362 0388/0405/0420/0439
Fax: +27 (0) 12 362-0347

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