Eastern Europe and Central Asia

We live in an ageing world, don't let it be and ageist world.

We work closely with partners and local authorities to improve older people's lives.

For instance, we advise governments on providing pensions and social protection, while directly helping older people overcome poverty and health risks.

We also help older people deal with the impact of so many younger adults leaving them behind to seek work.

We make sure older people's needs are met in emergencies - especially during the region's extremely cold winters.

Other priorities include helping older people contribute to political decision-making and fighting discrimination.

Where we work in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

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We work in the following countries: Moldova and Kyrgyzstan.

Supporting older people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

  • In Moldova, we have supported 613 multigenerational households by building intergenerational relationships and training other organisations to support older carers. Our work in this area has grown, as research indicates 91% of older people take care of children left behind by migration when both parents are away. 
  • Helped older people in Kyrgyzstan through the extreme winter by giving 1,200 older men and women hot soup and providing alternative energy sources, such as solar panels to public spaces like medical rooms or tea houses.

What next?

  • We'll carry out research on the effects of working in informal jobs on retirement income in Kyrgyzstan.
  • We'll work to end the discrimination and abuse often faced by older people, especially women, by promoting victims' rights among civil society organisations.
  • We will continue to work with older people caught up in the violent conflict that broke out in Kyrgyzstan in June. This work will focus on various areas such as distributing 3,000 hygiene kits and giving cash grants to 2,500 extremely vulnerable older people so they can afford essential items.

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Striking facts

  • Money sent home by migrant workers represents up to 40% of GDP in the region.

  • The minimum pension is well below the regional poverty line set by the World Bank (US$2.15 per day).

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HelpAge International
204 Abdrakhmanova Street, 4th Floor
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic

Tel: +996 (312) 664 636
Fax: +996 (312) 620 830
Email: kyrgyzstan@

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