Council on the Ageing
Serving the interests of Australian seniors since 1951, Council on the Ageing (COTA) promotes, improves and protects the circumstances and wellbeing of older people in Australia. They focus on national policy issues through research and consultation with its members.
COTA aims to represent the views of older people throughout Australia to governments and the media by looking at a range of areas such as income, health and social care, housing, transport, recreational activities and rights.
COTA also develops innovative programmes which are delivered by its members. They currently offer two national peer education programmes − one on healthy ageing and one on depression.
Last but not least, COTA has over 1,000 member organisations around Australia representing more than half a million older people, and a direct membership of over 50,000 older people.
COTA became an Affiliate of HelpAge International in 2010.
Office of Seniors Interests
The Office of Seniors Interests (OSI) is the state government agency in Western Australia responsible for research and policy concerning older people's needs.
It was established in 1986, to improve older people's lives through better planning for an ageing population. OSI's mission is to create a society in which older people are valued and respected and to promote positive ageing.
OSI value older people's contributions across Western Australia, and recognise the diversity of issues that affect them. Every year, they honour the efforts of a nominated older person with an award. Older people are also encouraged to speak to ministers at the Seniors Ministerial Advisory Council, which meets six times a year. Finally, OSI provide a senior's card which gives discounts to those aged 60 and above.
OSI joined the HelpAge network in 1996 and became an Affiliate in 2004.
Bangladesh Women's Health Coalition
Bangladesh Women's Health Coalition (BWHC), a national non-governmental organisation, was established in 1980 with a vision of a just society where women are equal. They pioneered a health service scheme, through which mothers can access a wide range of health services.
BWHC runs three major programmes and five pilots through its 40 reproductive health centres. Each centre provides both clinical services and community-based activities.
Their mission is to provide communities with a wide range of information and services that support women's development activities. Their programmes focus on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and AIDS, counselling, community-based awareness raising to change attitudes and family education.
BWHC works with HelpAge International to challenge thinking and encourage action by people and institutions that can secure rights and health for older women and girls.
BWHC joined became a HelpAge global network member in 2010.
Resource Integration Centre
The Resource Integration Centre (RIC) is a NGO founded in 1981 by a group of social activists with a mission to support national development. RIC operates in rural areas to support older people's rights, economic independence and access to care and services.
RIC's objectives are to empower older people by building up institutions, supporting women's development through awareness-raising and responding to emergencies. They also provide services such education to under-privileged people, income generation activities through micro-credit schemes and disaster management programmes.
In partnership with HelpAge International, RIC runs an older citizens monitoring project in which groups of older people monitor the implementation of the Old Age Allowance scheme. Finally, RIC also participates in the HelpAge network Age Demands Action campaign.
RIC joined the HelpAge International network in 1998 and became an Affiliate in 2004.
Dhaka Ahsania Mission
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) was founded in 1958 and works to enhance people's capacities to maximally utilize their inner potentials. Their main purpose is to improve living conditions for vulnerable people in all ages.
They work with a multifaceted thematic focus and diverse programmes including education, health, livelihood, human rights & social justice, disaster risk reduction and climate changes.
DAM is member of the Social Protection Working Group in Bangladesh and is therefore very well placed to take forward ageing issues in the country that like many is facing a massive increase in the 60+ group over the next 40 years.
The mission is running community-based centres in 35 districts of Bangladesh and is supporting the HelpAge global network's reach into even the smallest communities of rural Bangladesh. They are currently building their capacity to focus more on health and care, intergenerational work and other types of community-based work with and for older people.
DAM receives funding from both the Government and the public and has a well-developed capacity to do institutional fundraising and generating resources through running social enterprises.
Dhaka Ahsania Mission became a HelpAge global network member in October 2012.
HelpAge Cambodia started its operation as a Country Programme Office of HelpAge International in 1991, initially undertaking humanitarian relief work in response to Cambodian refugees repatriating from Thai-border camps; before transitioning to community development work in 1998.
For over 20 years, HelpAge Cambodia has worked with older people in Cambodia through older people's associations. These associations are a proven safety net mechanism endorsed by the Royal Government of Cambodia to address social and welfare protection needs of older people.
Since 2011, HelpAge Cambodia has undergone a transition from HelpAge International country office to a fully localised national NGO; and successfully registered with the Cambodian Ministry of Interior in December 2012. Their key areas of work still include working with older people's associations to support the older population and their families to improve their livelihoods and well-being through sustainable community development.
HAC is a national leader in ageing issues and works closely with the Royal Government of Cambodia, including several central ministries and provincial departments, to support old-age inclusion in their programming and policy efforts. HAC also lead the national ADA campaign.
HAC became an Affiliate of the HelpAge global network in 2014.
China National Committee on Ageing
China National Committee on Ageing (CNCA) was established as a government body in 1982 following the First World Assembly on Ageing. With over twenty members, it produces policies for an ageing population, coordinates work on ageing by different ministries and monitors work on age-related activities.
CNCA works to improve older people's quality of life. In 2009 for example, the government launched a pilot projects to support farmers, who were not receiving a pension.
HelpAge International has been working with CNCA to launch a three-year project to tackle poverty and improve health among older people in Shaanxi province. Working through older people's associations in 16 villages, CNCA is committed to researching ageing issues for policy making, exchanging information to raise awareness about ageing and participating in international events.
CNCA has been a HelpAge International Affiliate since 2009.
Helping Hand Hong Kong
Founded in 1978, Helping Hand Hong Kong's mission is to meet older people's needs for housing and care in Hong Kong. They work to enable older people to live in dignity by promoting their sense of belonging, security and worth.
Since its establishment, Helping Hand has organised and founded a number of care centres and promoted events on ageing throughout Hong Kong.
Currently, the organisation provides residential care services in five housing estates. These care homes enable older people to have access to occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers and nurses.
In addition, each centre can provide rehabilitation, social, recreational, educational and developmental activities. The care homes are available to anyone aged 65 or above, in poor health or with disabilities.
Yihe Development Centre for Ageing
The Yihe Development Centre for Ageing (YCDA) in Shaanxi Province was established in 2014, with support from HelpAge International, the China National Committee on Ageing (CNCA) and the Shaanxi Provincial Committee on Ageing (SPCA). It is a non-profit organisation working for the wellbeing and benefit of older people.
YCDA works with local authorities, civil society organisations and communities to transfer knowledge, share best practices, mobilise resources, and raise awareness on the issues of population ageing and development in China. Among its core areas of work, YCDA promotes health psychosocial wellbeing, encourages age-friendly care services, enhances financial inclusion and helps build capacity for other civil society organisations and older people's associations.
Fiji Council of Social Services/FCOSS HelpAge Centre
Established in 1991, FCOSS HelpAge Centre is a civil society organisation that strengthens communities in Fiji through advocacy and training.
Their vision is of a Fiji free from inequality, where all people are valued and respected. FCOSS works locally, nationally and internationally in a number of areas including disaster risk reduction, health, climate change, social protection, HIV and AIDS and rights. Their work also includes training other civil society organisations, reaching 200 community leaders and 10,000 vulnerable people annually.
FCOSS conducts seminars on healthy ageing as well as workshops on social justice, social security and social protection which reach thousands of people every year. Finally, FCOSS collaborates with ten government committees and five civil society groups.
The organisation has worked with HelpAge International since its establishment and is involved in the HelpAge network's Age Demands Action campaign.
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Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti
Established in 1983, Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS) is a NGO that works to support the development of men, women, and children, regardless of their caste, religion and economic situation. GRAVIS also works towards the rehabilitation of rural communities in the Thar Desert and promotes community ownership.
GRAVIS works locally in more than 850 villages. It also has international partners in countries including Germany, Singapore and USA.
GRAVIS works in a number of areas including health, climate change, social protection, HIV and AIDS, emergencies, disaster risk reduction, rights, policy influencing, livelihoods, social care and the environment.
They recently created a team of village health workers focusing on older people's health needs. Their water harvesting activities have benefitted over 5,000 older people. GRAVIS has also facilitated the formation of 40 older people's associations.
The organisation participates in Age Demands Action to raise awareness of older people's rights. It joined the HelpAge International network in 2007
HelpAge India is a secular, not for profit organisation founded in 1978. It works to improve the lives of disadvantaged older people across 33 cities in India.
The organisation's aim is to give a voice to India's 90 million older people and better their lives by providing health and financial services.
HelpAge India also raises awareness of older people's concerns in communities to promote understanding of ageing issues. They also work with national government to develop policies to secure benefits for older people and make older people aware of their rights and entitlements.
The organisation focuses on the importance of income generation. Since 2004, it has organised 4,000 projects to provide agricultural and livestock-rearing skills.
HelpAge India is a founding member of the HelpAge global network. They take part and encourage others to participate in the Age Demands Action campaign.
Yayasan Emong Lansia
Yayasan Emong Lansia (YEL) was established in 1996 by the HelpAge network. Their vision is an Indonesia with happy, healthy, active and independent older people.
Based in Jakarta, YEL has established a Training Centre on Ageing to provide local and national training for those caring for older people. YEL also works to raise funds to assist disadvantaged older people through social welfare and healthcare. For example, they provide basic healthcare for sick older people in their homes.
YEL's Home Care Project was established with HelpAge's Korean Affiliate, HelpAge Korea. They appointed YEL to run a pilot project in 2004. YEL also publish a quarterly magazine "Gerbang Lansia" to provide information about older people's needs.
In 2012, YEL participated in the first ever Age Demands Action on Health. Campaigners met the Minister of Health to ask for more trained community health workers for older people.
Established in 1982, HelpAge Korea is a NGO that works in Korea and other Asian countries. Its mission is "to ensure that people understand how much older people contribute to society and must enjoy rights to healthcare, social services and economic and physical security".
HelpAge Korea sets up older people's associations across Korea and supplies information on community-based care and best practice to other care providers.
Furthermore, HelpAge Korea supports international programmes through the HelpAge network, for example fundraising for HelpAge's work in Cambodia and Myanmar.
Through the ROK-ASEAN homecare project, which started in 2003, HelpAge Korea has had a positive impact on the lives of older people in ten ASEAN countries. The project trains families and community volunteers in homecare for older people. For more details, download Community based homecare for older people in South East Asia (745kb).
In March 2009, HelpAge Korea became a HelpAge Sister and shares its vision, mission, values and visual identity.
The National Council of Senior Citizens Organisations Malaysia
The National Council of Senior Citizens Organisations Malaysia (NACSCOM) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1990. 48 senior citizen associations are members with a total of 18,000 members. NACSCOM advocates for policies and services to enhance older people's wellbeing in Malaysia.
NACSCOM is a member of the National Advisory and Consultative Council on Ageing, the Council of Health for the Elderly and of several ageing organisations, including HelpAge International.
NACSCOM has attended conferences such as the Bali Regional Conferences on Ageing. A group of people aged 70 and over were invited to discuss issues such as income security and health services.
Finally, NACSCOM has established two care homes to provide for older people and four day centres where older people can socialise. NACSCOM joined the HelpAge network in 1992 and became an Affiliate in 2004.
Yayasan Amal USIAMAS
Yayasan Amal USIAMAS was established in 1991 to establish community based services for older people. Their aim is to enable older people in Malaysia to live active, meaningful and comfortable lives.
Their activities include advocacy, carrying out seminars and workshops, offering counselling, direct services such as nursing, as well as providing information centres to older people. They also conduct studies and publish research on issues such as social welfare.
The organisation works to motivate, train and provide support facilities to secure and improve older people's income. They also provide public education to improve the care older people receive and their living conditions.
Mongolian Association for Elderly People
Established in 1988, Mongolia for Elderly People (MAEP) is a NGO working in secure the needs of older people.With a national and international presence, MAEP is involved in a variety of programme areas such as disaster risk reduction, health, environment, rights, social protection, social care and policy influencing.
The organisation also provides annual health checks for older people through the "Health & Social Protection for the Elderly" programme.MAEP has advocated for a national strategy addressing the issues of the ageing Mongolian population. Their work on this has been adopted by the Government and is now part of a national social strategy until 2030.
MAEP became an Affiliate of the HelpAge International network in 2000 and took part in the global Age Demands Action campaign for the first time in the same year.
Pakistan Medico International
Pakistan Medico International (SWA or PMI) was founded by Pakistani students and campaigners in Germany. In the early 1980s they recognised the need to support older people and since have run a number of community based projects for older people, including ophthalmic work.
They have worked with HelpAge for earthquake victims in Kashmir in 2005 and flood victims in Thatta in 2011. PMI has provided medical facilities, education projects, medical mobile units and emergencies equipment in most parts of Pakistan.
They raise funding through nominal fees for service and national and international donations. They are recognised by the Pakistan Government as a registered charity.
PMI has worked with HelpAge International for the last 20 years.
Coalition of Services of the Elderly
Founded in 1989, the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE) bases its mission on the tradition of respecting older people and supporting community-based programmes. The Coalition helps older people to continue living in their communities and contributing to the lives of others.
In 1998, COSE launched an initiative to empower older people to gain respect and organise themselves. These groups of older people have also organised income generating projects. One project involved older people making a balm from natural ingredients, which proved to be a great success.
COSE actively participates in Age Demands Action and in 2011 HelpAge invited COSE to the UN Open Ended Working Group on Ageing in New York to talk to country delegates about older people's right to health.
Singapore Action Group of Elders
Established in 1977, the Singapore Action Group of Elders (SAGE) is a non-profit, voluntary welfare organisation. Its mission is to promote older people's development through programmes and services.
SAGE encourages older people to become economically independent, lead a healthy lifestyle and be active in their communities. SAGE has set up free employment centres to help older people develop skills and find work.
They also organise events, such as an annual "walkathon", dance groups and a choir. They hold events in schools with the Ministry of Community Development Youth & Sports to raise awareness of older people's needs.
SAGE established The Centre for Study on Ageing (CENSA) to make data on ageing and diseases that affect older people available. The Centre releases data through publications, the media and public symposia.
SAGE joined the HelpAge International network in 1994.
Society for Women's Initiative for Ageing Successfully
The Society for Women's Initiative for Ageing Successfully (Society for WINGS) is a non-profit education centre. It was founded in 2006, as a joint project between the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations and the Tsao Foundation.
The organisation became independent in 2007 and is now a registered charity which works with all religious, ethnic and community groups to help older women age actively. The society educates older people in health and happiness, as well as supporting or providing activities to help older people earn an income.
They offer financial and health advice and organise workshops on financial security, support groups and training in IT skills and English.
Society of WINGS also works on the Bond Workbook project. This is an interactive book that grandparents and children can both use and therefore spend quality time together. Click play to watch WINGS film about this project:
Established in 1993, the Tsao Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of older people by alleviating the hardships of ageing. The Tsao Foundation provides community-based health services, promotes successful ageing and pioneers new approaches to ageing and care of older people in Singapore. It also aims to influence policy.
The foundation has set up a comprehensive, community-based primary healthcare system, the Hua Mei Community Health Services, to ensure that older people have access to quality healthcare. The foundations' health centres provide dementia care training for professionals and family caregivers.
The health centres also offer training on the emotional aspects of caring for an older person, including effective communication skills. Bridging the generation gap, grief, loss, death and dying are other topics covered.
Tsao Foundation joined the HelpAge International network in 1996 and became an Affiliate in 2004.
HelpAge Sri Lanka
Established in 1986, HelpAge Sri Lanka is a NGO that raises awareness of the contributions older people's make to society. They believe that older people must enjoy full rights to healthcare, social services and economic and physical security.
HelpAge Sri Lanka has worked on a number of projects including Adopt-A-Granny and programmes to increase older people's participation in their communities.
HelpAge Sri Lanka sponsored the first dementia care centre in the country and also provides eye care facilities and free cataracts surgeries at a number of local eye care centres.
As a member of the HelpAge global network, HelpAge Sri Lanka has contributed to a number of network events such Age Demands Action.
In December 2009, HelpAge Sri Lanka and HelpAge International became Sisters after signing a declaration aligning their vision, mission, values, and visual identity.
Foundation for Older Persons Development
Established in 1997, the Foundation for Older Persons Development (FOPDEV) enhances the wellbeing of older people, especially those in need of care.
FOPDEV and HelpAge have worked together on a number of projects, including the Support a Grandparent scheme, which helps disadvantaged older people earn a living, be independent and contribute to their community. FOPDEV also participates in the Age Demands Action campaign.
FOPDEV trains volunteer home-helpers in Thailand to encourage older people to live independently and support caregivers. This is a part of a joint initiative between The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Republic of Korea.
FOPDEV provided evidence for the inclusion of older people in Thailand's national Strategic Plan on AIDS Prevention 2007-11. They continue to support older people affected by HIV and AIDS.
FOPDEV joined the HelpAge network in 2001 and became an Affiliate in 2004.
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Vietnam Association of Elderly
Vietnam Association of Elderly (VAE) was founded in 1995 and is an organisation of six million members participating in 13,000 grassroots associations of older people in Vietnam.
The grassroots associations provide various services to older people including health checks and recreational activities. VAE is primarily responsible for policy and advocacy work.