HelpAge partners with Handicap International to aid older and disabled Syrian Refugees

It's been three years since the war began in Syria; a war which has been described as the defining refugee crisis of our era. Currently, around 72,000 Syrian refugees are aged over 60. In conflict situations, older and disabled people are among the most vulnerable, with specific needs that...

Posted: 20 March 2014

The Generosity of Survivors: Our Board Chair reports from the Philippines

Every community and home we visited in the disaster-ravaged Philippines fed us. Despite having their homes destroyed, livelihoods ruined, and grieving the loss of loved ones, each community carefully laid out baked goods, fruit drinks, rice pudding, and home-grown sweet potatoes. We gathered at a home in a neighborhood...

Posted: 19 March 2014

Typhoon Haiyan: Three Months On

HelpAge International and partners in the Philippines have helped almost 50,000 people in the three months since Typhoon Haiyan hit on 7 November 2013. As well as providing direct help to older people, we have been raising awareness of the needs of people over 60 who are routinely neglected in emergency responses.

Posted: 10 February 2014

Displacement and Older People: The Case of Japan

Displacement and older people: The case of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. The study promotes preparedness and specific measures to protect older people from future disasters. Lessons and recommendations of the study are not only valid for Japan, but are also applicable elsewhere. The recommendations cover evacuation, evacuation centres, temporary accommodation and recovery and rehabilitation.

Posted: 23 January 2014

HelpAge Supports Older Farmers in the Philippines

HelpAge has distributed around 3,500 bags of rice seed and more than 2,000 bags of fertilizer to farmers in the Philippines who who lost their crops and livelihoods in Typhoon Haiyan.

Posted: 23 January 2014