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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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. 

Helping the world's most vulnerable older people

We’ve been working hard to support thousands of older people living in refugee camps in South Sudan and Bangladesh and war-torn countries such as Syria. They have already gone through so much to find the relative safety of the camps, but coronavirus has brought renewed fear and hardship. Read how we've been helping below.

South Sudan

A team of community volunteers are providing older people with information, emotional support, and essentials.


Age International is reaching older people living in Cox's Bazar with hygiene kits and mobile health support.


We are working with our partner, SEMA, supporting older people and health facilities in Syria.

"Life was hard during corona but now life is improving. Assistance has come back and distribution of food and water have started again. I hope this disease goes away so we can have a good life like before."

Mary, 76, South Sudan

Stories from the ground

From distributing hygiene kits and providing mental health support to medical health checks and installing sanitisation stations, we've been tailoring our response to meet the needs of older people and their families. Read some of their stories below. 

Teresa (pictured), in Managteen Camp, South Sudan

The conflict in South Sudan forced Teresa Nyegiery to leave her home, she walked non-stop for seven days to save her family. Living in Mangateen camp, the outbreak of COVID-19 brought back old fears of food and hunger. We reached Teresa and older people like her with food, masks, and hygiene kits.

News & Information

Read the latest news and stories from Age International including updates on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on older people in low-income countries, stories from the ground, and how you can support older people globally. 

Help protect older people

They’ve already fled conflict. Now COVID-19 has made life even more desperate for older refugees. Health and access to food are both under threat. You can help change this.

Expert voices

We've also been working hard to ensure older people are treated equally by governments and international organisations in the the fight against COVID-19. Read what experts in the field of health, ageing and international development have to say and what we are doing to influence decision makers.

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