Affiliates in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

HelpAge Network Affiliates in eastern Europe and central Asia are based in the following countries:

Albania | Armenia | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Kyrgyzstan | Moldova | 

Russia | Serbia | Ukraine


Albania

Albanian Association of Geriatric and Geriatrics

The Albanian Association of Geriatric and Geriatrics (AAGG) was established in 1991 immediately after the end of the communistic era in Albania. It was established to link Albanian health professionals with an interest in geriatrics and gerontology to wider international developments and thinking in these fields. This remains a core part of its mission and activities to date.

The work of AAGG also includes  improving health, life quality and welfare of older people. They urge improvement of health; social services; participation; and carry out research on the wellbeing of older people. AAGG's other key areas of work include campaign and advocacy, service provision, training and education and network development.

Since 2007, AAGG has developed a network of organisations and institutions named Movement of Organisations Supporting Healthy Ageing (MOSHA). The network is a loose coalition composed of ten organisations of older people organisations or other organisations interested in ageing.

AAGG has led the Albanian ADA campaign since 2008 and became an Affiliate of the HelpAge Global network in 2014.

Email: albanylli@yahoo.co.uk 
Website: www.aagg.al

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Armenia

Mission Armenia

Mission Armenia was founded in 1993 by a group of volunteers. It aims to provide community-based social and healthcare services to vulnerable groups, including older people.

Mission Armenia collaborates closely with the Government of Armenia, local groups, USAID, UNHCR, HelpAge International and a number of other international organisations. It has branches in Australia and the United States. Mission Armenia is the founder of International Union of Black Sea NGOs, a network of 50 NGOs from 12 states of the Black Sea region. The union's headquarters are based in Armenia.

Mission Armenia works in seven provinces in Armenia where they provide a number of services including social, legal and healthcare; nutrition services; and vocational trainings to make older people competitive on the labour market and to empower them to claim their rights.

Recently, Mission Armenia has supported more than 5,500 extremely vulnerable local refugees who were affected by consequences of the global crisis and lack of appropriate social protection mechanisms. The refugees included extremely vulnerable older people.

Mission Armenia became a member of the HelpAge International network in 1999 and an Affiliate in 2004. 

Email: org@ngo.mission.am
Website: www.mission.am

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

OSMIJEH,

Association for Psychosocial Help and Development of Voluntary Work

OSMIJEH was set up in 1996 in the immediate aftermath of Bosnia and Herzegovina's civil war. They are established in Gracanica in the north of the country a location that means they are closer to the grassroots issues and concerns of older people.

The major objectives of OSMIJEH work are:

• To build society for all ages.
• To improve psychosocial well-being and quality of life of vulnerable groups in the society;
• To contribute to resolving problems arising from social inequality;
• To contribute to more effective social reconstruction of the country;
• To promote and protect human rights;
• To contribute to development of solidarity and social cohesion in the society;
• To contribute to development of civic initiatives;
• To educate public in general for responsible civic role;
• To contribute to reducing tensions and building confidence among people;

All programmes and projects of OSMIJEH have long term objectives; and are based on the needs in the society that have not been met by the relevant state and public institutions.

OSMIJEH was the first organisation in Bosnia and Herzegovina to implement advocacy and policy influencing projects and to introduce bottom up approaches working with older people. OSMIJEH has led the Bosnia and Herzegovinian ADA campaign since 2008

They have worked with HelpAge and the network since 1997 and became an Affiliate in 2014.

Email: osmijeh@bih.net.ba 
Website: www.osmijeh.com.ba

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Kyrgyzstan

Resource Center for Elderly

Established in 1991, Umut-Balykchy was one of the first Kyrgyz NGOs. In 2003, it changed its name into Resource Center for Elderly (RCE).
They work on issues that affect older people, including: social protection, financial and legal advice and education. RCE also disseminates information on issues concerning older people and builds networks to strengthen their voice.

RCE offers a variety of services to older people. These include legal advice, humanitarian support, education on nutrition, self-help groups, medical help and micro financing.

RCE is a member of other networks such as AgeNet International. Indeed, they are an important part of advocacy work to improve older people's quality of life in Kyrgyzstan. They also lobby to improve older people's access to basic social services.


RCE became a partner of HelpAge International in 2003 and an Affiliate in 2005.

Email: kyrgyzstan.rce@gmail.com  
Website: www.rce.kg

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Moldova

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Russia

Dobroe Delo

Dobroe Delo ("kind deed") was established in Moscow in 2000. It is a non-profit organisation that aims to improve older people's quality of life and supports the development of other gerontological non-profit organisations.

Dobroe Delo's home-based medical and social care programme provides medicine, clothing, hygiene kits, food products, legal assistance and social rehabilitation to older people. They founded a network of gerontological organisations in Russia to advocate for better social protection for older people. They also carry out research on gerontology in order to create a resource centre for the network.

Dobroe Delo offers postgraduate education to doctors in collaboration with the Department of Gerontology and Geriatrics of the Russian Academy. They also offer internships to students from the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences.

Dobroe Delo became an Affiliate of HelpAge International in 2009.

Email: edkar77@gmail.com

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Serbia

Red Cross of Serbia

The Red Cross of Serbia is one of Europe's oldest voluntary organisations, founded in 1876. Ageing and older people in Serbia have been organisational priorities since 2001. The Red Cross of Serbia have ensured that their branch network include older vulnerable people in all local and community-level work.

Their mission is to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote all forms of humanitarian activities to prevent and alleviate human suffering and thereby promoting human dignity and peace in the world.

They work with and for Serbian older people with low income; those who are socially isolated in rural and urban areas; and those who live alone with an elderly spouse or someone who requires assistance.

Their key work areas include campaign and advocacy, service provision, research, training and education and network development. Thematic areas include health and care, emergencies and disaster risk reduction, rights and social protection.

Red Cross of Serbia also works with and for other population groups such as children and youth, people living with disabilities and migrants.

Red Cross of Serbia has run the Serbian ADA campaign since 2008 and became an Affiliate in 2014.

Email: natasa@redcross.org.rs
Website: www.redcross.org.rs

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Ukraine

Turbota pro Litnix v Ukraini

Turbota pro Litnih v Ukraini (TLU) or Age Concern Ukraine has an impressive track record of defending the rights of the most vulnerable older people in Ukraine.

TLU have branches in ten cities and six rural locations in Ukraine, from which they deliver services to 20,000 older people every year through a network of 2,000 volunteers. They are also a partner organisation of the Ministry of Social Policy and serve as the voice of older people at national and local levels.

In 2008, TLU became a partner of EVZ ("Remembrance, Responsibility, Future") German Federal Fund.

They are highly valued by the Ukrainian government, with Aleksander Kurban, Senior Counsellor at the Ministry of Social Policy, stating: "40,000 NGOs are registered in Ukraine. If they were all like TLU, Ukraine would already be in the EU."

TLU has worked with HelpAge International and Age UK since 1999 and in March 2012 became an Affiliate of the HelpAge network.

Email: turbotaprolitnih@i.ua
Website: www.tlu.org.ua

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