South Asia

We run long-established programmes in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and smaller projects in Pakistan and Nepal.

Our programmes include the Sponsor a Grandparent scheme which provides more than 23,000 older people in the region with various benefits including cash transfers, access to health services and support for livelihood activities.

Working mainly through older people's associations, we help older people get jobs, benefits and healthcare. We also work to cut the risks they face when disasters strike.

Where we work in South Asia

Supporting older people in South Asia

  • We worked with more than 25,000 older people in Bangladesh to improve their access to health and financial services.
  • In India, more than 10,000 older men and 19,000 older women received free healthcare through HelpAge India's mobile medical units.
  • We carried out research to support advocacy on the impact of Nepal's universal old age allowance that affects around one million older people.
  • Following the devastating floods in Pakistan, we provided relief to 2,500 households in Nowshera, Swat, Charsadda, Muzafargarh, Jacobabad and Shikarpur.
  • In Sri Lanka, we worked with 74 Senior Citizens Committees and 3,700 older people received assistance with their income generation activities.

What next?

  • We will campaign for healthcare, work opportunities and pensions for older people in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.
  • We will carry out longer-term relief work to help older people in Pakistan affected by flooding.
  • We will strengthen our relationships with key partners so that we can grow our programmes and support to older people in South Asia.

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Striking facts

  • By 2050 one in five people in South Asia will be over 60.

  • Over 50% of older women in South Asia are on their own or widowed. 

  • South Asia is growing older, faster than anywhere else in the world.

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Contact us

Peter McGeachie - Regional Director, South Asia

HelpAge International Nepal
PO Box 21299 Lalitpur,
Jawalakhel, behind Standard Chartered Bank
Kathmandu, Nepal.

Tel: +(977) 1 555 3589, 555 1388, 5524 038 (Ext. 105)

Fax: +(977) 1 5545 623