Age International supports older people in some of the poorest places in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to have improved wellbeing and be treated with dignity. We are Age UK’s international charity and the UK member of HelpAge – the largest global network to support older people, comprising 154 organisations in 85 countries.
From emergency aid to eye care, we support older people in a variety of different ways including
69% of the global population aged over 60 live within low- and middle-income countries. These people are at greater risk of catching coronavirus, threatening their lives. The impact will affect not only them, but their families and communities. In over-crowded slums or refugee camps, basic hand hygiene and physical distancing is already a struggle. A widespread COVID-19 outbreak in these places would have catastrophic consequences.
We are currently working to protect older people across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East – where healthcare systems are already severely stretched, weak, or non-existent.
Through local partners on the ground, we are working to reach the most vulnerable older people by:
Since March 2020 we have been working to reach communities in northern Syria, where in the last few months, hundreds of thousands of people have had to flee their homes. In Malawi and Mozambique, our community outreach teams are ensuring that vital prevention messaging reaches older people already affected by Cyclone Idai. In Myanmar, we've worked with the government to produce coronavirus prevention messaging targeted at 5 million high-risk people. In Bangladesh, we are distributing hygiene kits to 21,000 older people in Cox’s Bazar, the world’s largest refugee settlement, home to nearly one million Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution in Myanmar. We are also speaking to government officials to ensure public health messaging and support measures fully consider the needs of older women and men.
A gift from you will help us to support some of the world’s most vulnerable older people.
Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, pandemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. We offer assistance to people based on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. We provide medical care to help people survive catastrophic situations, where communities and health structures may be overwhelmed. Our core work is providing emergency medical assistance in situations of armed conflict.
Our medical teams act fast to save people’s lives in conflict zones, natural disasters and epidemics. We go where we are needed most. We are a global movement with 30,000 staff across 65 countries.
Our emergency teams are experts at fighting disease outbreaks. With your support, we can help save the lives of people battling COVID-19.
Right now, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is providing urgently needed medical care and support in more than 70 countries to counter the new coronavirus disease. Our teams are also gearing up to confront potential outbreaks in the hundreds of areas we were already working before the pandemic struck.