Our achievements

We've made strong progress in the past year.

Together with our partners and network members, we're helping millions of older people lead more dignified, active, healthy and secure lives.

What we achieved in 2017/18

Download our Annual review 2017/18.

Download our full Annual report and financial statements 2017/18.

Ninzizi (left) and her daughter (right) fled violence in Burundi to a refugee camp in Tanzania in 2015 where HelpAge helps her earn a living and access health services (c) Ben Small/HelpAge International

(c) Ben Small/HelpAge International

Ninzizi (left) and her daughter (right) fled violence in Burundi to a refugee camp in Tanzania in 2015 where HelpAge helps her earn a living and access health services

"I have the income I need"

Millions of older people still have no reliable source of income. But increasingly governments around the world are recognising how regular access to money in older age can benefit not just older people, but their families and the wider society.
We worked with network members to advocate for governments to expand tax-financed, non-contributory social pension schemes and other forms of social protection, and helped with their design and implementation. Our work supported 800,000 older people in 18 countries to receive a social pension for the first time. 
In Kenya, we supported the Government to prepare its first universal social pension, which launched in June 2018. We helped register over 530,000 older women and men, and developed, co-funded and implemented a baseline survey to lay the foundation for research into the pension’s impact.
We empowered older people's groups to make sure governments are more accountable in their standard of social protection delivery, ensuring there are appropriate channels for complaints and grievances and that older people are aware of their right to social security. In Zanzibar, this work resulted in an increase in the number of pay points, reducing the long distances older people previously had to cover to collect their money.
We have given 47,500 older people in 15 countries support to improve their income and food security in the last year through loans and grants, and business and technical training. Our self-help group model in Kyrgyzstan has been expanded, bringing more older people together to strengthen their incomes and promote healthier nutrition and lifestyles.
We supported older people caught up in emergencies in the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya, Pakistan, South Sudan and Ukraine with cash to help them recover. Giving them money, rather than in-kind goods, gives them the freedom to decide what their most urgent needs are.
Members of a self-help group in Kyrgyzstan gather for exercise and medical tests in Bishkek on World Health Day 2017 (c) Vitaliy Konovalov/HelpAge International

(c) Vitaliy Konovalov/HelpAge International

Members of a self-help group in Kyrgyzstan gather for exercise and medical tests in Bishkek on World Health Day 2017

"I enjoy the best possible health, care and quality of life"

As people age, their health and care needs are likely to become increasingly complex. Many older people worldwide are living with more than one chronic health condition, and this can lead to the need for support with daily living. Health and care systems around the world have responded inadequately to these changing needs. 
At the global level, we advocated for official data collected by national and international health agencies to include older people’s experiences and to disaggregate by age and sex.
We supported more than 425,000 older people in 11 countries to access information and services that help them meet their health and care needs, including through 225 intergenerational self-help clubs in Vietnam that provide home-based care, support active ageing, and facilitate access to older people’s rights and entitlements.
We partnered with ministries of health to strengthen national health systems and to ensure governments better meet older people’s health needs during emergencies. In Pakistan, we worked with three government health facilities to train staff, to secure basic equipment and medicine, and to ensure healthcare is age and disability-inclusive.
We continued to support older people’s health in emergency contexts in seven countries. During conflict and displacement in Yemen, we helped nearly 20,000 older people access basic services through mobile health clinics, hospital referrals, and health and nutrition screenings. In Lebanon, we worked with partners to provide psychosocial support and access to health and care services for those affected by the war in Syria.
Abdur is among 800,000 people from Myanmar who have been forced to flee from violence to Bangladesh. He is one of thousands of older people with disabilities that HelpAge and its partners have supported (c) Age International

(c) Age International

Abdur is among 800,000 people from Myanmar who have been forced to flee from violence to Bangladesh. He is one of thousands of older people with disabilities that HelpAge and its partners have supported

"I am safe and secure, free from all forms of discrimination, violence, abuse and neglect"

Many older people, especially women, face violence, abuse and neglect. It remains largely hidden. Nearly one in six older people have experienced one or more types of physical, sexual, financial or psychological violence. 
We have worked with over 40 partners in nine countries to support older survivors of violence. In Tanzania, we have joined up with 640 community leaders to raise awareness of and tackle witchcraft-related violence, reaching 30,000 people, as well as trained 322 community paralegals to provide legal aid to survivors.
In Moldova, we have worked with 13 communities to challenge violence against older people and dismantle barriers that prevent survivors from accessing support services.
As social structures break down during emergencies, older people are even more likely to be exposed to discrimination, violence, abuse and neglect. Yet their needs and rights are often overlooked in relief and recovery programmes. 
We responded to emergencies in countries including Tanzania, Ukraine and Yemen, influenced global policy, and advised humanitarian agencies and local communities to ensure older people are not left behind in responses and their needs met and rights upheld.
In Bangladesh, together with local partners Resource Integration Center and Young Power in Social Action, we helped 8,000 older people who fled violence in Myanmar receive psychosocial support, and access health services and shelter. 
We trained 1,180 people in 30 countries, including Kenya, Pakistan and the Philippines, on how to best prepare for humanitarian crises.
Shashi Tyagi of GRAVIS in India (left) and Elisha Sibale of the Good Samaritan Social Service Trust (right) at the UN headquarters in New York to speak out about older people's rights (c) Verity McGivern/HelpAge International

(c) Verity McGivern/HelpAge International

Shashi Tyagi of GRAVIS in India and Elisha Sibale of the Good Samaritan Social Service Trust at the UN headquarters in New York to speak out about older people's rights

"My voice is heard"

Human rights do not diminish with age, but age discrimination and the violation of older people's rights continues to be tolerated around the world. Older people's issues are often low on political and development agendas and their voices remain unheard. 
Through the HelpAge global network, we ensure older people’s voices are heard by decision-makers, and their role as agents of change is recognised and supported. We are advocating for a UN convention to protect the rights of older people. We influence new policies and laws on ageing. And we support older people to form their own associations and campaign for their rights.
Twenty-three HelpAge global network members now have the right to be involved in the process towards a UN convention, and eight have submitted evidence of human rights violations in their countries. We submitted our own evidence on older people’s right to autonomy and independence, and long-term care and palliative care in the report Freedom to decide for ourselves after consulting with 450 older people from 24 countries.
Age Demands Action (ADA) mobilised 100,000 people in 47 countries, including 64,000 older people joining together to celebrate the campaigning successes of ADA on its 10th birthday on 1 October 2017.
Older people take part in a monthly meeting at an intergenerational self-help club in Vietnam (c) Brayden Howie/HelpAge International

(c) Brayden Howie/HelpAge International

Older people take part in a monthly meeting at an intergenerational self-help club in Vietnam

Our plans for 2018-20

HelpAge International’s new global structure puts an emphasis on increasing our work with, through and for network members, and we plan to put that into action across the next two years as we build to our post-2020 strategy.
In our priority areas of work, we will:
"I have the income I need"
  • Support the governments of Kenya and Zanzibar to roll-out their pension schemes, and carry out targeted, evidence-based advocacy to support the introduction of new schemes.
  • Continue to support intergenerational self-help clubs in Vietnam, helping at least 2,000 more older people increase their incomes.

"I enjoy the best possible health and quality of life"

  • Support the development of at least four national strategies on long-term care in Indonesia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
  • Develop strategic partnerships to influence key organisations, such as the WHO, on older people’s health and care.
"I am safe and secure, from discrimination and abuse"
  • Provide protection outreach services in conflict-affected Ukraine through HelpAge-trained community peer support groups.
  • Build awareness of services and legal provisions around gender-based violence for 12,000 people in Kyrgyzstan.
"My voice is heard"
  • Set up a global campaign on ageism together with the WHO and use it as a vehicle to enhance older people's voices in their communities and in decision-making processes.
  • Expand the number of older people's associations in Myanmar and Vietnam.
  • Strengthen national ageing networks to better implement older citizen monitoring of key services.



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  • THERENCE NDAGIJIMANA (17 January 2018)

    I want to mention my gladness about the idea of helping Age people in world.In fact i had graduated in Social Work and Community Development and i work as a Health Mediator of vulnerable peoples.So i have a lot of numbers of Age people who have nothing as support.If we put together our efforts we cane ameliorate their living manner.If possible i need a partner in other to work in big team

  • Grace (17 February 2017)

    I believe that all older people deserve to be treated fairly and are just the same as everyone else. Everyone becomes an older person. So I don't understand why you say things that you wouldn't want to have said about you. Also, I can't understand why people are so critical, they are going to be old to. I don't understand why their has to be anything called ageism. It is like sexism and racism, they all don't make sense. I just hope that people will come to their senses and stop making ageism a thing when it doesn't have to be.

  • sahra (07 September 2016)

    Older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure and healthy lives.
    (SOMHO) care for a large number of elderly people in my country. And we need a partnership to keep protect older people's rights, healthy and secure.
    For those of you who are not familiar with our organization, (SOMHO) is organized many work very hard to provide food, shelter and healthcare to old people, SOMHO has also focusing on older persons who belong to marginalized groups and retired activists, people who spent their lives promoting, peace, human rights And they need to ensure their voices.
    We thank for your time and consideration; we look forward to your support
    If you require additional information about Somaliland Help Age Organization (SOMHO) please contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

  • Samuel (20 June 2015)

    It is truly a blessing to have Helpage intervention around. The forgotten yet vulnerable people in our society have an organisation that advocate for their rights in society thanks to Helpage.

  • Dr.Abdallah, SALEH (20 May 2015)

    Helpage International noble work needs support and encouragement. Every being who is blessed with years of living to the elderly will encounter issues related to the age. Our input support and encouragement are highly needed. Let's join our hands and support with advices and sharing of ideas towards improving issues, policies and practicability while dealing with issues of advanced aging. I do give myself and my time into input whenever necessary towards growth of this reputable International Organization. Let's not end in just praising the work done by this Organization. Let's avail either our time, our personal presence or even ideas into support done by the HAI. Wherever the person is, in the country level, in grass root level or even in the second country apart from our origin, can always support. Learners and researchers are highly motivated into sharing their research findings towards improvement of elderly. Researchers can as well think of questions to be researched towards improving elderly. Let other stake holders as well put up their input towards this noble work and very reality practice,being it in SOCIAL ARENA, HEALTH,EMPOWERMENT,DISASTER AND RISK REDUCTION,EMERGENCIES,HIV and AIDS and alike. Of course all these when we'll tackled will lead into dignified,secure,active and health life.

  • vaari matthew (23 April 2015)

    great, you are actually saving and extending so many lives who were neglected and abandoned. I am helping 125 aged people with ointment, food and protective clothes. I need your advice as how to improve upon it.

  • SHADRACK NZUKI (01 April 2015)

    No grown tree without its root and no big river without its source! at last you have rembered the source of humanity.Thank you for your aspiration.my local organisation in grassroot level endovours the same kindly do you collaborate or partner with local community based org in krnya?

  • margaret ayodeji olatoregun (28 January 2015)

    I am very happy with what you have achieved so far,but am caring for a large number of elderly people in my country single handed due to no well defined policies for the elderly. I need to keep my NGO running kindly advice how you will reach out to us in NIGERIA. thanks

  • ntimarubusa Frederic (09 May 2014)

    I fully support HalpAge action when claiming old people rights. Tha's why we are creating HelpAge- Burundi to restore dignity to oldage people allover the world.

  • Md. Selim Uddin (17 January 2014)

    No body think like you about the older people in Bangladesh. This is the high time to do something for them.They are the store of knowledge.We need to create a good environment to mobilize their knowledge in the participatory and supportive way.It is very essential to protect their rights,secure future,sound health and joyful life.We should committed to do that.

  • Leonard Michael Kahema (02 January 2014)

    this internationalorganization of helping age people would be a good help for old people of our are in Sengerema district Mwanza Tanzania nyampulukano ward who has started a unity for old people to look for their rights and better lives. I look forward to get way out this is because we have noticed that our country has done a good job in improving health to childrens and this reflects that in few years to come we will be having a big number of old people so we think it is wiae to start programs of educating and preparing young people for their old age.

  • shom bahadur darlami (04 December 2013)

    fantastic job well done, helpage international, this god job for every one

  • Francois DRAMOU (11 November 2013)

    je viens travers ce message vous demande un partenariat avec mon ONG Espoir pour la Communaut qui agit dans les domaines suivants la protection des personnes age dans le millieu rural, education sexule dans le millieu scolaire travers la sensibilisation et aider les jeunes s'orienter dans les metiers pour viter la delequance
    Mr Franois DRAMOU
    BP: 6072 Conakry
    Rpublique de Guine

  • Alfredo Gomez Samaniego (12 October 2013)

    I am a retired civil engineer 71, I receive a good pension and I want to help other elderly people in my country, Paraguay. Please write me if I can be of help

  • Daniel samwel (20 March 2013)

    Itake this opportunity to thank Help Age Internation to support olders

  • amanuel della (16 December 2012)

    i really support the work of helpage for their highly valuable contribution on breaking the yolk of poverty from the shoulder of old people. I like to support your action as a volunteer...!!! But currently I am working on the area of Young people empowerment through education, formal and informal training for all young and capacity building for street business entrepreneurs specially in shoe shine business. May God bless You all!!!

  • amanuel della (16 December 2012)

    u are doing a great job with in the generation and it will pave the way for many volunteer workers to do such works in social, economic and humanitarian works ...i believe u really will bring a change in our continent in near future,May God bless u!!

  • PAUL SAGNA (19 September 2012)

    I really like this organisation. Older people need our assistance and our attention.Age is a gift from God and all of us wish to live as longas possible. In Africa, there are many needs for the older people and there are many actions for them, above all in West and Central Afrca, please do the best to implement activities in that area. Thank you.

  • Hodan (11 September 2012)

    Many old persons lost their family member in war, when they are unable to work anymore to earn a living, they are exploited.

  • Berhanu Girmay (31 July 2012)

    I appreciate help age International.I am interesting in working social protection of older people. So would you mind you tell me how can I start the operation and How can I find sponsor in the world?
    Thank you!

  • Behafta Abreha Haftu (31 July 2012)

    It is nice information doing in the age helping.
    We need to be your partner.
    There are so many vulnerable older people in our region and town currently we are working and supporting them.Every one will have an appointment to be older,Age is not a disease but gift of nature.
    Thank you!

  • ocan godfrey (24 July 2012)

    i like the work of helpage international

  • sheer abbas (16 July 2012)

    its very noble work which helping age is doing and i really appreciate feelings of humanity to give courage,respect,care,love to old people because one day each and every person will have to come at at this age.i silute helping age for great human being giving due privilege to olds

  • Norman Mombeshora (21 May 2012)

    I find it morally inspiring that this organisation has uniquely focused on standing up in solidarity with the elderly. Is overwhelming to note how the organisation has made gigantic strides in championing the health, social and economic rights of the elderly. Keep up the sterling work and continue to spread your wings wider. In this day of HIV/AIDS, political & civil strife and economic upheavals, our elderly need more help than ever before.

  • Mr Sakwe Maurice Itoe (02 May 2012)

    I appreciate the work of the organization which is centered on improving the health,social and economic conditions of the aged.Fighting loneliness,social discrimination adds dignity and hope to them.
    In cameroon,our organization is promoting health and positive living among the aged by organizing functional adult literacy at the level of the communities.This is just one of our activities among others.Literacy has a transformation power in the older people.I suggest that,Aged International should support Adult Literacy programs which will liberate older people from ignorant,mental bondage,economic,social and political slavery.Literacy opens the doors to information,communication,empowerment,knowledge,skills etc and the results are poverty Alleviation,jobs creation through vocational knowledge and skills.Expect more of my comment.I am willing to work with you to realize the good objectives you have for the Aged in the world.

  • anurag sharma (23 March 2012)

    i hope you do very well work i pray to god do best. but i know you do work in india

  • Navdha (28 December 2011)

    Hi Zena, Thanks for writing. Please contact our office in Kenya for more information on how you can support our work. Here are their details-Email: helpage@helpage.co.ke
    Tel: 00254 20 263 7854
    Thanks, Navdha.

  • Zena (23 December 2011)

    I am a kenyan and runs an organization in kibera on the plight of the senior citizens.I would like to NetworkI

  • Harriet Abalo (14 November 2011)

    Yes,I totally support the efforts help age international has taken to support older persons claim their rights and have a more meaningful and dignified living when they retire from active work.This is because most often than not older persons are seen as burdens or dependents who have little or no contribution to the family or community in which they live yet and sadly forgetting their invaluable contributions made while in active work that built the today we are living in and enjoying!We"younger persons" do this forgetting that we are growing and will be old at some one time in life and will need support from those who will be young! Few governments in sub-saharan Africa have come up with welfare support systems for the age whether they could have been in formal or informal employment and when the men and women grey they do not have any concrete stand point to fall back to.Even for those who could have been in formal employments,they either die before getting their benfits in terms of pensions or gratuity depending on how it is called elsewhere or get it on a piece meal basis which makes it not very useful to them.
    It is high time governments come up with clearly streamlined policy statements that can attract programming for the older persons and budget as a means to providing social protection for the older persons.Let us join hands and support the older persons to grey gracefully!

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