runs daily social events for all the olderpeople who live nearby. People enjoy freefood, music and religious sessions.The foundation was created by Shyam andRanjana Dhaubhadel after their son Siddhiwas killed in a trac accident in 1993.I am helping spread the message aboutthe work it does, as it relies on grantfunding and donations for a signicantpart of its income. The foundation hasreceived many generous grants fromgovernments through institutions such asthe Japanese and Australian embassies,and through local NGOs. However,fundraising is an ongoing challenge.
Guiding young people
The Cebu City Government recentlyawarded eight centenarians with aplaque of recognition and a cash gift of 100,000 pesos (US$2,300) each for theircontribution to society during theirprime time. Cebu City will give us500,000 pesos (US$11,510) for our newproject for youth. Thirty senior citizenswill mentor 10 minors for one year toprevent them from quitting from theirstudies.
Martiniana D Mercado, President,Central Visayas Association for Volunteer Eort (CVAVE), Cebu City, Philippines.Email: email@example.com
Tackling transport problems
Many older people struggle to obtainhealthcare because of transport problems.A study in rural Tanzania shows that mostvillages have
(motor-cycletaxis), but these are often too expensivefor older people and they are not suitablefor those who are very sick.The Tanzania Government has a policy of providing free healthcare for older people.However, the study shows that it is oftennot available because they are referred tohigher-level, more distant health centres,or prescribed drugs that are not availablelocally, and they cannot travel there.Transport diculties aect other aspectsof older people’s lives too. For example,older farmers may have to sell theirproduce at farm gate prices, which areusually much lower than local marketprices, because they do not have themeans to travel to the markets.HelpAge International and partnersin Tanzania have made a number of recommendations to the TanzanianGovernment and local authorities, basedon the ndings. These include adapting
to carry people who are sick,developing emergency contact systems,improving roads, and providing start-upgrants and cooperative marketingschemes for older people. A pilot projectto provide mobile phones to home carersand village older people’s associationshas also been proposed.The study was carried out by HelpAgeInternational, University of Durhamand Policy Research for Development(REPOA) with funding from the AfricaCommunity Access Programme (AFCAP)and UK government (DFID).
Rural transport services for older people inKibaha district, Tanzania: report on projects ndings
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Nutrition interventions forolder people in emergencies
These guidelines advise humanitarianworkers on how to address the nutritionalneeds of older people in emergencies,recommending ve key action points.Also available in French.
This is Age Demands Action
This booklet describes the progress of the Age Demands Action campaign,proling some of its leaders, and explainswhy a UN convention on the rights of older people is necessary.
HelpAge has a Spanish-languagewebsite and Facebook page for LatinAmerica.
HelpAge International now has a Russian-language website and Facebook page.The new website highlights the issuesfacing older people in Eastern Europe andCentral Asia, gives voice to older peoplethrough lms and stories, and oersRussian-language publications to download.
More languages on the web
If you want to read HelpAge’s English-language website in another language,use the “Select language” button inthe top right corner of the home pageand select a language from more thanseventy available.
The UN Open-Ended Working Group onAgeing will meet in August to considerwhat should go into a new human rightsinstrument for older people, such as aconvention. On 15 June, World Elder AbuseAwareness Day, Age Demands Actioncampaigners in 30 countries lobbiedtheir governments to attend the meeting.“Having a convention on older people’srights would be a step in the rightdirection. It would make people moreaware of their rights throughout theentire world,” says Kenneth Hemley,Age Demands Action leader, Jamaica.
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