One year after the devastating earthquakes in Türkiye and north-west Syria, we look back on the impact on the region’s older people and the work done to provide them and their families with support.
With our partners, we swung into action immediately after the earthquakes struck, providing urgent support to those impacted by the destruction, supporting older people and their families. This included the distribution of food and non-food items, as well as providing emergency cash assistance so that people could buy what they needed. We helped with the building of temporary shelters, and distributed items that were essential to survive the winter cold. We also supported the delivery of primary healthcare and psychological support especially for older people with and without disabilities.
None of this could have been achieved without the support of HelpAge’s local partners – the Syrian Expatriates Medical Association, Hope Revival Organization and Action for Humanity – who all led on the delivery of the emergency response.