Mission: Helpage usa, inc. (helpage usa), an affiliate of helpage international, builds awareness of global aging issues among us audiences, advocates for the empowerment of older, vulnerable adults in the developing world; and raises funds to support the programs of the helpage network.
Programs: Health aging - the overall goal of the project is to improve the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases among older people in three districts in tanzania (morogoro, songea and kibaha). The project will be implemented over a two-year period and will reach approximately 12,000 older people, 80 health care workers, 80 home-based caretakers, as well as 85 local council leaders and national government officials. To reach this goal, helpage focuses on two primary objectives:1. Promoting healthy aging among older people, their caretakers, and health care workers in the three districts. A range of activities are being implemented that include holding grassroots level training on ncds with older people as well as mobilizing and training home-based caretakers, peer educators and other community volunteers to champion active aging within the community. Older people will be supported to establish active aging clubs for physical activities including health promotion. 2. Improving health care approaches to ncds in older people and address the issue of accountability of public health services to government policy. We do this primarily through increasing and enhancing the collection, analysis, and reporting of data on health issues affecting older people.
philippines - the project focus is to provide direct relief to and long term disaster risk reduction for older victims in the islands of the philippines that were affected by typhoon haiyan on november 8, 2013. Our target locations include: leyte, northern cebu and negros occidental among other areas affected by the typhoon. Helpage is currently working through its local affiliate, the coalition for services for the elderly (cose), to address the needs of older people and their families in the philippines who have been affected by the typhoon. This project is distributing food, water, hygiene kits and nfi kits, shelter directly to those affected. Where markets are up and running, cash transfers are distributed that will support access to food, shelter needs and help to rebuild livelihoods, whilst supporting the local economy. In addition, cose is providing support in the area of health - ensuring access to health through the mobilization of doctors in the community and setting up helpdesks to direct older people to services they are entitled to. Helpage is also advocating for their inclusion of older people with other humanitarian actors, through strong engagement in the un cluster system and pingo (philippines international non-governmental organizations) network among other interventions. In the medium to long term, helpage has conducted assessments to identify needs, which are providing psycho-social activities to reduce trauma of older people; increasing access to appropriate health services; restoring livelihoods and ensuring the inclusion of older people in these activities. In addition we will work on increasing the resilience of communities to future disasters through community based disaster preparedness and risk reduction activities. In parallel, we are providing capacity building support to cose and to their local community based organizations.
financial inclusion/latin america:the overall goal of this project is to develop a whitepaper and report on how to better financial inclusion for older people in latin america. Older people are often left without pensions or savings accounts in developing countries and therefore lack the support to ever retire. Helpage is partnering with the center for financial inclusion, a sub-grantee, to work in columbia and bolivia to better understand why older people are not included in financial opportunities. This will be followed up with roundtables in both bogota and new york city where experts will meet to discuss the next steps in financial inclusion for the elderly.