Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa with a population of nearly 90 million. Despite having good economic growth, it remains among the 10 poorest countries in the region.
HelpAge began working in Ethiopia in 1992 and works with 20 local partners to support older people.
HelpAge’s priority programmes include income security, social care and support, inclusive health and wellbeing, emergency response and resilience building.
Life story: Gudetu, 80
Supporting older people in Ethiopia
Over the last year, HelpAge has reached more than 150,000 older people and family members through our community-based and citizen-led programmes.
Secure incomes and livelihoods
We lobbied for older people’s needs in the development of the implementation strategy for the National Social Protection Policy.• Through income generating activities and cash transfers, we improved the household income of 1,941 older people, enabling them to cover the cost of their basic needs.
Health and wellbeing
We trained 300 health professionals to provide age-friendly services in the areas of eye care, non-communicable diseases, HIV/AIDS and home-based care.• We enabled more than 40,000 older people access age-appropriate health services through partnerships with government and community-based institutions.
We reached 10,249 older people affected by the El Nino drought in the Borena region through cash transfers, and livestock feeding and vaccination.• We supported the needs of 6,825 older refugees from South Sudan in the Gambella refugee camp, providing food and relief items, home-based care and constructing age-friendly community centres.
Older people's associations
We engaged over 80,000 people throughout society on the issues faced by older people and the contributions they make to their communities.• We held a number of forums to increase understanding about ageing and help inform national policies to ensure they extensively include older people needs.
Over the next year we will:
- promote age-friendly income generating schemes and help care and support partners sustain their services to older people
- scale up age-friendly health services for older people, particularly around eye care, non-communicable diseases and home care
- provide support to disaster affected older people through disaster response and recovery interventions including cash transfers and livelihoods support.
- raise awareness on older people's issues through workshops, campaigns and the media.
Ethiopian Elderly and Pensioners National Association, Rift Valley Children and Women Development Association.
Addis Hiwot Integrated Sustainable Development Organization, Agar Ethiopia Charitable Society, Administration for Refugees and Returnees Affairs, Assegedech Asfaw Aged Persons Aid and Rehabilitation Organization, Community Based Integrated Sustainable Development Organization, Destitute Elders Welfare and Development Association, Eneredada Elder People Association, Federal HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Office, Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Federal Ministry of Women, Children and Social Affairs, Genete Tsige Megbare Senaye Mehabir, Oromia Pastoralist Area Development Commission, Oromia Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission, Medhin HIV Positive Older People Association, Relief Society of Tigray, Sewa Sewa Genete Charity and Development Association, Tesfa Social and Development Association, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and 28 district level hospitals.
British INGOs, Refugee Focused INGOs, Humanitarian Focused INGOs, Consortium of Charities and Relief Development Associations, National Task Force on Non-communicable Diseases, Social Protection Platform, UNOCHA Humanitarian Clusters and UNHCR Inter-agency Refugee Taskforces.
Age International, Big Lottery Fund, CAFOD/Trocaire/SCIAF, Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission, Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, HelpAge Germany/NAK Karitativ, Missionwerk Sweden/Norad, International Rescue Committee, UK Aid Match, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, World Granny.