Affiliates in East, West and Central Africa

HelpAge Network Affiliates in East, West and Central Africa are based in the following countries:

Cameroon | Ethiopia | Ghana | Kenya | Mauritius | Nigeria | Sierra Leone | South Sudan | Sudan | Tanzania | Uganda


Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance

Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance (CDVTA), established in 1998, collaborates with the Cameroon Government on social policy and older people’s issues. It has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is involved in advocacy, rights, social inclusion, home care and improving older people’s livelihoods.

CDVTA work is a combination of a grassroots implementation of older people’s clubs and social mobilisation at community level, using 350 community volunteers and a staff of 20. The presence of the clubs, and the improvements they bring to older men and women and the wider community, illustrates what can be done when people claim their rights. It shows that mobilisation is possible, that older people can work together to exercise their rights, and that they can be supported to bring in a consistent income.

A five-year project funding arrangement with UK's Department for International Development, through All We Can, produced excellent results for CDVTA. It recently developed a five-year strategy aimed at ensuring an inclusive society where older people can live fulfilling lives.

CDVTA was visited by HelpAge in 1999, became a HelpAge partner in 2014 and a HelpAge network member in April 2016.



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The Regional Centre for the Welfare of Ageing Persons

The Regional Centre for the Welfare of Ageing Persons (RECEWAPEC) is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-religious humanitarian organisation, founded in 1990. RECEWAPEC works for the welfare of older people in Cameroon. 

RECEWAPEC's programmes include income-generating activities such as pig farming, bee keeping and palm cultivation. They also support older people's eyecare projects and have trained six eyecare volunteers,  who are now carrying out outreach eye care on local older people. RECEWAPEC also reach older people and families affected by HIV and AIDS.

In 2011, RECEWAPEC  signed a memorandum of understanding on health for older people with the government of Cameroon through the Ministry of Public Health.

RECEWAPEC took part in the United Nations 54th session of the General Assembly on Ageing in 1999 and in the Second World Assembly on Ageing in 2002. The centre has hosted regional meetings on ageing and social protection in 2006 and 2008 and is a member of the African Civil Society Platform on Social Protection. RECEWAPEC also participates in the HelpAge network Age Demands Action campaign.

Together with a group of German colleagues, RECEWAPEC have created a charity organisation in Germany called Help the Seniors in Cameroon. This organisation will be supporting RECEWAPEC activities from September 2012 and onwards.

RECEWAPEC became a partner of HelpAge International in 2000 and an Affiliate in 2004.


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Ethiopia Elderly and Pensioners National Association

The Ethiopian Elderly and Pensioners National Association (EEPNA) is a national umbrella institution of older people's associations in Ethiopia. It was established in 1998 by 56 associations working for the welfare of older people and became a legal entity in 2001.

The organisation was established by older Ethiopians from older people's associations who were unhappy with the marginalisation of older people in the country.

EEPNA strives to strengthen the work of its members, as well as other organisations working on ageing. They receive support from HelpAge to build their capacity and advocate for the rights of older men and women in Ethiopia. Currently, EEPNA is the only institution of its kind that represents grassroots older people's associations.

EEPNA became an Affiliate of HelpAge International in October 2011.


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Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organisation

Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization (RCWDO) is a non-governmental and not for profit organisation. It was established in 1993 by a group of Ethiopians who were committed to fighting poverty in the Rift Valley.

Their aim is to create a healthy, productive and sustainable society which promotes quality of life and conserves the environment. To ensure this happens, RCWDO works with communities to include people who have been marginalised. RCWDO's work spans a variety of issues, including food security, education, health, gender equity and human rights.

RCWDO became an Affiliate in 2011, but has been working with HelpAge International since 1998. Their joint work aims to provide and improve services in areas such as health, securing incomes and providing shelter. The two organisations have also lobbied local and national authorities to include older people in development work.


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HelpAge Ghana

Based in Accra, HelpAge Ghana  helps organisations in Ghana provide services for older people. It also contributes to the development of national policies and government services for older people.

HelpAge Ghana provides healthcare, shelter, clean clothing and food to older people. They also provide legal advice to enable older people to claim government services. The organisation arranges training for volunteer social workers and encourages local communities to support older people.

HelpAge Ghana is a leading authority on ageing in Ghana, being part of groups working towards the national social protection strategy and pension reforms. HelpAge Ghana is also an active Age Demands Action campaigner.

They were established in 1988 and have been a HelpAge Affiliate since 2004. The chair of HelpAge Ghana's board is Professor Nana Araba Apt who is also a HelpAge International Global Ambassador.



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HelpAge Kenya

Founded in 1982, HelpAge Kenya (HAK) is a non-governmental development organisation that champions the rights of poor and disadvantaged older people in Kenya. HAK was a founding member of the HelpAge International global network when it was set up in 1983.

HAK's programmes include supporting older people living in Kibagare, one of the most deprived areas of Nairobi. Many older people in Kenya care for children orphaned by HIV and AIDS and live in abject poverty. HAK supports them through a range of shelter and livelihoods programmes which help to improve their financial and social security.

HAK also enables older people to organise older citizens' monitoring committees so they can monitor their access to healthcare.  The data gathered is used to advocate for improvements. This has led to improved access to health services by older people in Machakos district and Nairobi. 


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Kenya Society for People with Aids

Kenya Society for People with AIDS (KESPA) is a community-based organisation, established in 1992. Its main objective is to prevent HIV infections, but it also supports those living with or affected by HIV and AIDS. 

Due to the high prevalence of HIV in the western Kenyan district of Siaya, project activities are largely focused on this area and neighbouring districts. Since its inception, KESPA has provided over 15,000 individuals with counselling and HIV testing services.

KESPA has been involved in lobbying and advocating for older people's issues to be included in HIV and AIDS policy. They also run joint projects with HelpAge, supporting older people who care for children orphaned by HIV and AIDS.

In 2005, KESPA joined the HelpAge network, becoming an Affiliate in 2007. They are also active participants in HelpAge's Age Demands Action campaign.


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The District Pastoralist Association

The District Pastoralist Association (DPA) or the Kulmiye Pastoralist Association (KPA) was founded in 1996 by 11 Pastoral Associations. Today, it consists of more than 50 throughout Kenya.

The association works on various programmatic areas including income generation, advocacy, capacity building and food and water security.

The collaboration with HelpAge began in 2008 when DPA was brought in as partner on the Hunger Safety Net Project. Since then they have led some of the programme activities and gained extensive experience in working with poor older people.

Since 2008, DPA has mainstreamed older people into their programmatic work realising that older people are a key group to work with to eradicate vulnerability and conflict.

DPA is seen as a strong advocator for vulnerable group and has done lobby work to improve accessibility and quality of services. They also collaborate with the Kenyan government and various development agencies to improve services such as water, education, agricultural and veterinary services

One of DPA's key assets is their well-developed monitoring and evaluation system which is essential when collecting data that can be used for evidence-based advocacy on local and national level.

The District Pastoralist Association joined the HelpAge global network as an Affiliate in 2012 as the third Kenyan organisation in the network.


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Mauritius Family Planning Association

Established in 1957, the Mauritius Family Planning and Welfare Association (MFPWA) is the leading national NGO working on family planning and sexual and reproductive health. It promotes social justice, gender equality, individual and family rights and contraception, among other issues.

MFPWA supports older people in ten districts of Mauritius through advocacy, networking and care. Their most notable achievement was the introduction of the 2005 Mauritius Family Planning and Welfare Association Act. This legislation secured the creation of a National Executive Committee which supports older people's welfare.

The Association supports the provision of health services for older people, including screening services for breast and prostate cancer. They also work in collaboration with the Senior Citizens' Council and the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions on issues affecting older and vulnerable people.

MFPWA joined the HelpAge network and in 1988 and became an Affiliate in 2004.


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Senior Citizen's Council of Mauritius

Established in 1985, the Senior Citizens' Council (SCC) works to improve the wellbeing and welfare of older people. This includes sharing information on gerontology and working with organisations engaged in similar activities.

The Council organises cultural shows, seminars, talks, workshops, literacy courses and exhibitions with and for older people. SCC organises exercise classes and dances for older people and actively encourages them to join older people's associations. 

It also participates in seminars, workshops and conferences on ageing, both in Mauritius and abroad. The council continues to work with and for older people by advising the government on the challenges older people face. 

SCC became a partner of HelpAge International in 1991 and an Affiliate in 2004. Since then the two have worked very closely together on securing better social protection for the older people of Mauritius.


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The Fantsuam Foundation

The Fantsuam Foundation was founded in 1996 and is a registered NGO that works on a number of areas including service provision, advocacy, health and food security.

They work with a number of age-groups including children and older people. The focus on older people is a direct response to the issue of orphans left in the care of unsupported grandparents. Also, the economic consequences of migration has been a strong factor for focusing on older people, as the organisation saw how children and grandparents were left back in the villages, when parents moved to cities for jobs and education.

The lack of care for older people during periods of communal unrest is also a key area of service for Fantsuam Foundation.

Another key work area of the Fantsuam Foundation is therefore to promote social protection. You can read more about this work in Director John Dada`s blog on HelpAge's PensionsWatch website.

The Fantsuam Foundation also participated in the MIPAA review in preparation for the Ageing in the 21st Century report. This ensured that the voices of Nigeria's older people were included in this ground-breaking report.

In 2012, the Fantsuam Foundation became HelpAge's first Affiliate in Nigeria and is set to play a key role in expanding the HelpAge global network to other countries in West Africa.


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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Society for the Welfare of the Aged

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Current Evangelism Ministries

Established in 1992, Current Evangelism Ministries (CEM) aims to improve the living conditions of vulnerable people by providing social and financial support.

CEM's programmes are designed in line with Sierra Leone's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, which emphasises a decentralised approach to sustainable rural development to promote economic growth.

Areas of work include reproductive healthcare, HIV and AIDS campaigns, micro-finance support for war widows and women in difficult circumstances, and the provision of basic farm tools, fertilisers, animal restocking and chicken rearing.

CEM advocates for older people and children's rights, builds the capacity of civil society organisations through training, and provides basic education for orphans and excluded children.

In 2010, CEM set up an umbrella organisation, the National Council for the Welfare of the Elderly. This organisation promotes the welfare of older people through advocacy, policy formulation and research.

CEM became a member of the HelpAge Network in 1992 and an Affiliate in 1996.



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South Sudan

South Sudan Older People's Organization

South Sudan Older People's Organization (SSOPO) is a registered NGO, which was established in 1999 with support from HelpAge International.
SSOPO addresses the challenges faced by older people, while continuing to highlight the contributions they make to society.

They seek to achieve their mission of supporting older people by disseminating knowledge and transferring skills to older people in areas such as poverty alleviation, social justice, human rights and health services.

Among other projects, SSOPO has established a vocational training centre where young people and women in households headed by older people can learn skills, such as clothes-making, cookery, baking and business.

SSOPO became an Affiliate of HelpAge International in October 2012.


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Almanar Voluntary Organization

Almanar Voluntary Organization (AMVO) is a women’s NGO established in 1991 to reverse the tide of deterioration of the overall socioeconomic situation and the basic rights of women.

AMVO works with internally displaced people, returnees, refugees, host communities and authorities on community-focused, participatory, capacity building programmes. They cover livelihoods and economic development, health and nutrition, and civil society development.

It has a holistic approach to give people the ability to freely exercise rights, to increase access to basic services, to enable community development, and to build an active civil society for all. AMVO works in partnership with civil society, government authorities and other stakeholders to advocate on issues of key importance to the people of Sudan.

In collaboration with communities, AMVO works with extremely vulnerable groups to improve social cohesion, build functioning institutions and enable communities to meet their basic needs, thereby contributing to moving Sudan toward a sustainable and just peace.


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Sudanese Society for the Care of Older People

Sudanese Society for the Care of Older People (SSCOP) is a voluntary, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, which has been working on ageing and development issues since 1994.

SSCOP's mission is to improve older people's livelihoods by championing their issues, advocating their rights and providing services whenever possible. They aim to improve the quality of older people's lives and maintain their dignity, as well as preserving Sudanese traditions and customs.

SSCOP carry out nutrition programmes, awareness raising activities of older people's issues and income generating projects.

In 2002, SSCOP participated in the preparation for the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing conference and will follow up on the implementation of this in 2012.

SSCOP became a HelpAge partner in 1997 and an Affiliate in 2004. Since then, they have been actively involved in HelpAge's global Age Demands Action campaign.


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Saidia Wazee Karagwe (SAWAKA) is a NGO that advocates for the rights of older people and vulnerable groups in Tanzania. It is located in the Karagwe region where it is part of various networks and has established a good link with the local government.

SAWAKA's mission is to improve older people's standard of living through a number of community-based projects. These include civic and legal rights projects, housing improvement projects, relief services and income generating activities.

SAWAKA runs another project that encourages school children to raise money to support older people in their community. This project promotes interaction between generations and raises awareness with the general public of the issues older people face.

In November 2011, the Foundation for Civil Society of Tanzania awarded SAWAKA with two awards. One was for best grantee and the other for best policy work.

SAWAKA became a partner of HelpAge International in 1996 and an Affiliate in 2006.


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Tanzania Mission to the Poor and Disabled

Tanzania Mission to the Poor and Disabled (PADI) is a NGO that works to improve the lives and social welfare of the poor, disabled and older people in Tanzania.

PADI works on projects supporting older people who are affected by HIV and AIDS and directly in communities to help vulnerable groups, including older people. 

The organisation works at grassroots level to alleviate poverty in both rural and urban areas. They also build wells and providing training and small loans to businesses and farmers.

In November 2011, PADI won The Civil Society Excellence Award from the Foundation for Civil Society of Tanzania. This achievement raised awareness of PADI and HelpAge's work and in both Tanzania and East Africa.

PADI has worked with HelpAge International for many years and became an Affiliate in October 2011.


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Health Nest Uganda

Esatblished in 2007, Health Nest Uganda (HENU) is an indigenous non-profit organisation based in Entebbe, Uganda. It seeks to promote the dignity, equality and independence of older people at a community level.

HENU supports older people through three approaches: rights awareness and advocacy, developing skills and promoting healthy lifestyles, and carrying out research through community and international partnerships.

Since it was established, HENU has helped older men and women through health camps and specialist referrals, improved adult literacy to transform their livelihoods, formed over ten community groups with 100 members each and promoted positive ageing through sporting activities, as well as much more.

Currently HENU, with the support of HelpAge, is implementing a research project to assess the health outcomes of older people in Wakiso and Jinja. HENU became a proud member and an affiliate of HelpAge in April 2016


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Uganda Reach the Aged

Uganda Reach the Aged Association (URAA) is a national non-governmental, non-profit organisation established in 1991.

It works closely with HelpAge International to promote economic and social security for older people and secure their human rights. This is done by raising awareness with the government and civil society of the policies and advocacy and educational programmes needed to improve the lives of older people.

URAA works in six out of seven Ugandan regions in partnership with the Uganda National Association of HIV and AIDS, Uganda Human Rights Network, Uganda Community-based Alliance and the Uganda Community Development Resource Network.

The organisation also trains older people to be peer educators within their communities on issues such as HIV prevention. In 2009, they trained 6,000 older people to be a positive force in their communities.

URAA has been a partner of HelpAge since 1992, and an Affiliate since 2004.


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Reach One Touch One Ministries 

Reach One Touch One Ministries (ROTOM) was established in 2003 and has grown rapidly to become one of the most effective organisations reaching out to older persons in Uganda. They work closely in partnership with the longstanding HelpAge Affiliate, Uganda Reach the Aged. Together the organisations have raised awareness about older persons' issues and advocated for policies that promote dignity of older persons.

In October 2013, ROTOM celebrated the 10 years anniversary of the Ministry for Older Persons in Uganda. As part of the anniversary, Mr Mugayehwenkyi led a 400 kilometre walk from south west to the central of Uganda. The walk attracted hundreds of walkers most of whom were older persons. The walk was covered daily by national media. This attracted worldwide attention bringing the issues of the older persons in Uganda to attention of local, national and international leadership. The celebration climaxed with official opening and dedication of two Health Centres dedicated to care for elderly in Kabale and Mukono districts of Uganda.



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