Older people affected by conflict or living in refugee camps need our help urgently. Those caught up in refugee crises or conflicts, living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate healthcare or support are living in fear of catching the virus. Many have already suffered so much and with no vaccine on the horizon for many parts of the world, the situation is critically urgent.
Our work on the ground
Since the global pandemic was announced in March 2020, we’ve helped to protect thousands of older people in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. From initiating new emergency COVID-19 projects, to adapting long-running programmes– we have tailored our response to meet the needs older people and their families. In refugee camps in South Sudan and Bangladesh and war-torn countries such as Syria and Yemen we’ve been working hard to support older people who have already lost so much.
A donation today could help provide:
Hygiene kits for older people and their families containing items such as soap, disinfectant, masks, gloves and tissues.
Handwashing facilities in places where hand hygiene is already a struggle.
Training for frontline staff and volunteers to reach the most vulnerable and marginalised older people, working alongside expert medical teams and carers.
Mental health support for older people who are experiencing feelings of isolation and loneliness. We work with psychological health workers to identify older people most at risk and ensure that they receive the help they need.
Inclusive public messaging that is designed specifically to be accessible for older people.
Protection for frontline health workers to lower the risk of transmission to the older people they support.
Please, donate today – thank you.
Age International is raising money together with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) for the Coronavirus Appeal. The DEC is a consortium of 14 aid member charities working together in times of disasters and emergencies. For more information on the DEC and our fellow member agencies please see here.
Donations from this appeal will go to our COVID-19 Emergency Fund and will be spent wherever the need is greatest in our coronavirus response. Any income not spent after twelve months past the end of the appeal may be allocated to another emergency situation that requires our support. Age International is working through its overseas partner, HelpAge, to implement emergency coronavirus prevention and relief programmes in over 20 countries.