Our achievements

We've made strong progress in the past year.

Together with our partners, we're helping millions of older people lead more dignified, active, healthy and secure lives.

Annual review 2015

Scroll through our interactive Annual review 2015 to get an insight into the impact we had throughout last year, or read the report in full.

What we achieved in 2014-15

This year we have:

  • directly reached 850,000 of the world’s vulnerable older people and their families
  • supported 6,350 older people’s associations with training, grants and agricultural inputs, reaching 442,000 members
  • responded to directly to emergencies in 23 countries, providing direct support to 155,000 older people and their families
  • coordinated three global Age Demands Action campaign events, with 96,000 activists taking part in 60 countries
  • contributed to improved pension schemes in 10 countries, with 1.8 million more older people eligible.
  • supported 1.4 million older people in accessing free, age-friendly health services.

Global AgeWatch Index

We launched our third Global AgeWatch Index, ranking 96 countries according to the social and economic wellbeing of their older populations.

The Global AgeWatch Index stimulated widespread public debate, new research studies, and the establishment of new forums to monitor progress and recommend ways forward.

Convention on older people's rights

The HelpAge network, now 113 members strong, has campaigned vigorously for several years for a UN convention on the rights of older people.

The past year saw 90,067 activists sign our petition demanding the UN introduce the convention.

Age Demands Action

At a local level, 96,000 activists in 60 countries took part in our Age Demands Action campaign, through which older people voice their concerns to their governments.

In the past year, together with our partners, we delivered healthcare, income generation and emergency relief to 1.5 million of the poorest or most vulnerable older people and their families, and supported 6,350 older people’s associations.

For the full report on our activity and finances for 2014/15, download the Annual report and financial statements 2015.

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  • sahra (07 September 2016)

    Older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure and healthy lives.
    (SOMHO) care for a large number of elderly people in my country. And we need a partnership to keep protect older people's rights, healthy and secure.
    For those of you who are not familiar with our organization, (SOMHO) is organized many work very hard to provide food, shelter and healthcare to old people, SOMHO has also focusing on older persons who belong to marginalized groups and retired activists, people who spent their lives promoting, peace, human rights And they need to ensure their voices.
    We thank for your time and consideration; we look forward to your support
    If you require additional information about Somaliland Help Age Organization (SOMHO) please contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

  • Samuel (20 June 2015)

    It is truly a blessing to have Helpage intervention around. The forgotten yet vulnerable people in our society have an organisation that advocate for their rights in society thanks to Helpage.

  • Dr.Abdallah, SALEH (20 May 2015)

    Helpage International noble work needs support and encouragement. Every being who is blessed with years of living to the elderly will encounter issues related to the age. Our input support and encouragement are highly needed. Let's join our hands and support with advices and sharing of ideas towards improving issues, policies and practicability while dealing with issues of advanced aging. I do give myself and my time into input whenever necessary towards growth of this reputable International Organization. Let's not end in just praising the work done by this Organization. Let's avail either our time, our personal presence or even ideas into support done by the HAI. Wherever the person is, in the country level, in grass root level or even in the second country apart from our origin, can always support. Learners and researchers are highly motivated into sharing their research findings towards improvement of elderly. Researchers can as well think of questions to be researched towards improving elderly. Let other stake holders as well put up their input towards this noble work and very reality practice,being it in SOCIAL ARENA, HEALTH,EMPOWERMENT,DISASTER AND RISK REDUCTION,EMERGENCIES,HIV and AIDS and alike. Of course all these when we'll tackled will lead into dignified,secure,active and health life.

  • vaari matthew (23 April 2015)

    great, you are actually saving and extending so many lives who were neglected and abandoned. I am helping 125 aged people with ointment, food and protective clothes. I need your advice as how to improve upon it.

  • SHADRACK NZUKI (01 April 2015)

    No grown tree without its root and no big river without its source! at last you have rembered the source of humanity.Thank you for your aspiration.my local organisation in grassroot level endovours the same kindly do you collaborate or partner with local community based org in krnya?

  • margaret ayodeji olatoregun (28 January 2015)

    I am very happy with what you have achieved so far,but am caring for a large number of elderly people in my country single handed due to no well defined policies for the elderly. I need to keep my NGO running kindly advice how you will reach out to us in NIGERIA. thanks

  • ntimarubusa Frederic (09 May 2014)

    I fully support HalpAge action when claiming old people rights. Tha's why we are creating HelpAge- Burundi to restore dignity to oldage people allover the world.

  • Md. Selim Uddin (17 January 2014)

    No body think like you about the older people in Bangladesh. This is the high time to do something for them.They are the store of knowledge.We need to create a good environment to mobilize their knowledge in the participatory and supportive way.It is very essential to protect their rights,secure future,sound health and joyful life.We should committed to do that.

  • Leonard Michael Kahema (02 January 2014)

    this internationalorganization of helping age people would be a good help for old people of our are in Sengerema district Mwanza Tanzania nyampulukano ward who has started a unity for old people to look for their rights and better lives. I look forward to get way out this is because we have noticed that our country has done a good job in improving health to childrens and this reflects that in few years to come we will be having a big number of old people so we think it is wiae to start programs of educating and preparing young people for their old age.

  • shom bahadur darlami (04 December 2013)

    fantastic job well done, helpage international, this god job for every one

  • Francois DRAMOU (11 November 2013)

    je viens travers ce message vous demande un partenariat avec mon ONG Espoir pour la Communaut qui agit dans les domaines suivants la protection des personnes age dans le millieu rural, education sexule dans le millieu scolaire travers la sensibilisation et aider les jeunes s'orienter dans les metiers pour viter la delequance
    Mr Franois DRAMOU
    BP: 6072 Conakry
    Rpublique de Guine

  • Alfredo Gomez Samaniego (12 October 2013)

    I am a retired civil engineer 71, I receive a good pension and I want to help other elderly people in my country, Paraguay. Please write me if I can be of help

  • Daniel samwel (20 March 2013)

    Itake this opportunity to thank Help Age Internation to support olders

  • amanuel della (16 December 2012)

    i really support the work of helpage for their highly valuable contribution on breaking the yolk of poverty from the shoulder of old people. I like to support your action as a volunteer...!!! But currently I am working on the area of Young people empowerment through education, formal and informal training for all young and capacity building for street business entrepreneurs specially in shoe shine business. May God bless You all!!!

  • amanuel della (16 December 2012)

    u are doing a great job with in the generation and it will pave the way for many volunteer workers to do such works in social, economic and humanitarian works ...i believe u really will bring a change in our continent in near future,May God bless u!!

  • PAUL SAGNA (19 September 2012)

    I really like this organisation. Older people need our assistance and our attention.Age is a gift from God and all of us wish to live as longas possible. In Africa, there are many needs for the older people and there are many actions for them, above all in West and Central Afrca, please do the best to implement activities in that area. Thank you.

  • Hodan (11 September 2012)

    Many old persons lost their family member in war, when they are unable to work anymore to earn a living, they are exploited.

  • Berhanu Girmay (31 July 2012)

    I appreciate help age International.I am interesting in working social protection of older people. So would you mind you tell me how can I start the operation and How can I find sponsor in the world?
    Thank you!

  • Behafta Abreha Haftu (31 July 2012)

    It is nice information doing in the age helping.
    We need to be your partner.
    There are so many vulnerable older people in our region and town currently we are working and supporting them.Every one will have an appointment to be older,Age is not a disease but gift of nature.
    Thank you!

  • ocan godfrey (24 July 2012)

    i like the work of helpage international

  • sheer abbas (16 July 2012)

    its very noble work which helping age is doing and i really appreciate feelings of humanity to give courage,respect,care,love to old people because one day each and every person will have to come at at this age.i silute helping age for great human being giving due privilege to olds

  • Norman Mombeshora (21 May 2012)

    I find it morally inspiring that this organisation has uniquely focused on standing up in solidarity with the elderly. Is overwhelming to note how the organisation has made gigantic strides in championing the health, social and economic rights of the elderly. Keep up the sterling work and continue to spread your wings wider. In this day of HIV/AIDS, political & civil strife and economic upheavals, our elderly need more help than ever before.

  • Mr Sakwe Maurice Itoe (02 May 2012)

    I appreciate the work of the organization which is centered on improving the health,social and economic conditions of the aged.Fighting loneliness,social discrimination adds dignity and hope to them.
    In cameroon,our organization is promoting health and positive living among the aged by organizing functional adult literacy at the level of the communities.This is just one of our activities among others.Literacy has a transformation power in the older people.I suggest that,Aged International should support Adult Literacy programs which will liberate older people from ignorant,mental bondage,economic,social and political slavery.Literacy opens the doors to information,communication,empowerment,knowledge,skills etc and the results are poverty Alleviation,jobs creation through vocational knowledge and skills.Expect more of my comment.I am willing to work with you to realize the good objectives you have for the Aged in the world.

  • anurag sharma (23 March 2012)

    i hope you do very well work i pray to god do best. but i know you do work in india

  • Navdha (28 December 2011)

    Hi Zena, Thanks for writing. Please contact our office in Kenya for more information on how you can support our work. Here are their details-Email: helpage@helpage.co.ke
    Tel: 00254 20 263 7854
    Thanks, Navdha.

  • Zena (23 December 2011)

    I am a kenyan and runs an organization in kibera on the plight of the senior citizens.I would like to NetworkI

  • Harriet Abalo (14 November 2011)

    Yes,I totally support the efforts help age international has taken to support older persons claim their rights and have a more meaningful and dignified living when they retire from active work.This is because most often than not older persons are seen as burdens or dependents who have little or no contribution to the family or community in which they live yet and sadly forgetting their invaluable contributions made while in active work that built the today we are living in and enjoying!We"younger persons" do this forgetting that we are growing and will be old at some one time in life and will need support from those who will be young! Few governments in sub-saharan Africa have come up with welfare support systems for the age whether they could have been in formal or informal employment and when the men and women grey they do not have any concrete stand point to fall back to.Even for those who could have been in formal employments,they either die before getting their benfits in terms of pensions or gratuity depending on how it is called elsewhere or get it on a piece meal basis which makes it not very useful to them.
    It is high time governments come up with clearly streamlined policy statements that can attract programming for the older persons and budget as a means to providing social protection for the older persons.Let us join hands and support the older persons to grey gracefully!

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