Older people’s roles in disaster risk reduction and management

HelpAge International and Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. (HelpAge-COSE) Typhoon Yolanda Response Programme recognise the vulnerability and capacity of older people in disasters. HelpAge-COSE’s community-based disaster risk reduction and management activities included and trained older people on how they could maximise their knowledge and skills to prepare and protect the community from greater […] Read more

5 keys to successful Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Response

The Typhoon Haiyan response, delivered by the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE) and HelpAge International, sets a high standard for partnerships for humanitarian response to disasters. It provided a solution to the current situation and prepares communities for future needs. This leaflet looks at five keys aspects of our emergency response in the Philippines made […] Read more

Typhoon Haiyan: Caring for older people in the aftermath

In the Philippines we have teamed up with the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE) to provide healthcare to older people who survived Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in November 2013. Language: English Published: HelpAge International and the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (HelpAge-COSE), November 2015     Read more

Group builds houses for homeless elderly

22 May 2015 – Manila, Philippines FOUR indigent senior citizens who lost their houses in Medellin, Cebu during typhoon Yolanda now have new homes. Fifty-four more senior citizens who became homeless because of Yolanda will soon have new dwellings, thanks to HelpAge-Cose, a coalition of non-government organizations that promote the welfare of the elderly. HelpAge-Cose […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: feeling safer and better prepared

Salud is 76 and blind. She received a solar powered radio from HelpAge-COSE. It gives her information, particularly on weather updates and entertainment whenever she is alone at home. Salud has been partially blind for 5 years and is too weak to go far from her house. She lives with her husband Alfonso, 65, and […] Read more

Older people key to success in rebuilding Haiyan-affected communities

January 2015 – Australia The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Volume 30 Issue 1, 2015 reported the role of older people as a key to success in rebuilding Haiyan-affected communities. The story is based on the report entitled Typhoon Haiyan one year on: older people key to recovery published by HelpAge International and the Coalition of Services of […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: learning new skills in carpentry

Virgilio Virola, 60 years old, a resident of Leyte, lives with his grandson in a small hut in the middle of a vast rice field. He has two children but they are already living independently with their families. His wife died a few days before Typhoon Haiyan swept through Leyte on 8 November 2013. He […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: disability and disaster

Delia is 65 years old and is married to Santiago who is 66. They have 2 children (one boy and one girl) who have their own families. Delia and Santiago have 4 grandchildren. “My grandchildren always visit us since they are just next door. We have been living in this area for about 20 years. We used […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: older people caring for multiple generations

Eleazar, 61, has 5 children and 4 grandchildren. His youngest daughter Eleabe, 9, has had a visual impairment since birth. He’s taken care of Eleabe since his wife died in 2008. Two of his children live with him together with their children. On 8 November 2013, they survived the strongest typhoon they have ever encountered. […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: starting anew, with shelter and a garden

Pelagia is a strong, vibrant person and still enjoys gardening at the age of 86. Her optimism and cheerfulness radiates on her face. She is absolutely content with her life no matter how simple it may seem. She had six children but two of them have died. She lives with her teenage granddaughter in a […] Read more