As the conflict in Ukraine escalates, the HelpAge international team stays on the ground to continue supporting older people. Victoria Panchenko, Area Manager for HelpAge International in Ukraine, shares her first-hand experience.
Older people are often unable to flee from conflict and are left alone without family or their wider community. They are isolated, without loved ones and cut off from support, including access to medicine and food.
As the conflict in Ukraine escalates, with a Russian invasion looking increasingly likely, HelpAge continues to help older people in the east of the country.
COP 26 was a battleground where these two opposite visions of the future met face to face. There were two weeks of almost febrile negotiations and discussions, propelled by the understanding that time to act was running short, and a catastrophe for humanity was just around the corner.
One year after the military seized power in Myanmar, we reflect on the impact this had on the nation's older people and the services we have been able to offer help mitigate the impacts.
As Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesuson is re-elected as Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), HelpAge International Chef Executive, Justin Derbyshire, called oh him to ensure the vision of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing delivers real benefit for older people.
HelpAge calls on the WHO to do more to address the continuing inequity of global vaccine distribution which is exposing millions of those most in need to unnecessary risk.
As conflict in Ukraine becomes more and more likely, and the media coverage and analysis ramp up, the narrative and reporting are missing one of the most important dimensions of any armed combat: the impact this will have on the people of the Ukraine.
We said farewell to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu, who passed away on 26 December at the age of 90. His life was peppered with episodes of truly exemplary leadership embodying his personal values. Blog by Sola Mahoney, HelpAge Board Member
A vaccination drive against COVID-19 which prioritises older people has been implemented in Kenya, despite the vaccine hesitancy being high amongst older women and men.
Age discrimination has gone unsanctioned during COVID-19, as a result of the lack of explicit mention of age inâ€¯international law on public health emergencies.