Covid-19 Crisis Appeal
While our colleagues at Age UK are working hard to support older people in the UK, at Age International we know that we only have a narrow window of opportunity in low-income countries, where healthcare systems are already severely stretched, weak, or non-existent.
We must act fast
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.
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Older people are amongst the hardest hit
The risk of dying from Covid-19 increases with age – with most of the deaths observed in people older than 60, and especially those with chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
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.
Our work on the ground has started
We are currently working to reach communities in northern Syria, where in the last few months, over 750,000 people have had to flee their homes. In Malawi and Mozambique, our teams are reaching out to older people already affected by Cyclone Idai. In Myanmar, we are planning a radio campaign to raise awareness. We are also speaking to government officials to make sure public health messaging and support measures fully consider the needs of older women and men.
Through local partners on the ground, we are working to reach the most vulnerable by:
- Raising awareness to limit the spread
- Strengthening our humanitarian response teams
- Training healthcare workers
- Sourcing prevention suits for staff
- Distributing hygiene kits
- Identifying hospitals with intensive care units and isolation facilities
Plus any further work required to respond to this emergency.
Please, donate today – thank you.
Any unspent funds raised will be used to support emergency programmes benefiting older people.