What it’s like to be an aid worker in Sierra Leone after Ebola

Glynis Cummings-John

Glynnis Cummings-John, Technical Inclusion Advisor for Age International’s implementing partner HelpAge, moved from the UK to Sierra Leone during the aftermath of Ebola. She has been instrumental in the development of Sierra Leone’s first National Ageing Policy, which will improve the lives of older men and women across the country. But her experience hasn’t been without it’s challenges. We spoke to her about what it’s really like to do that kind of job…

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East Africa: older people too frail to search for food

Age International meets older people in Kenya struggling through drought.

Our communications officer reports from Turkana, Kenya, an area experiencing the worst drought many have ever seen.

Eyanane doesn’t know how old he is but thinks he is about 90. With a wife and 6 children to support, he earns a living raising goats, but drought has killed off his stock.

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Yemen crisis: Age International launches appeal for older people

credit: Rod Waddington, CC BY

Age International launches appeal, as a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), to help older people caught in the Yemen Crisis. 1.65 million older people are at risk.

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Marginalisation of older people a major challenge for the World Humanitarian Summit

Older man carries a food pack after Typhoon Haiyan.

Older voices in humanitarian crises compiled by HelpAge International, Age International’s global partner, emphasises a need for greater consideration of older people’s specific needs and vulnerabilities.

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Nepal earthquake: one woman & her story of resilience and hope

Kanchi stands outside her new house in Nepal.

When the roof of Kanchi’s house fell down during the Nepal earthquake in 2015, it destroyed more than a building. It destroyed a home that the single mother of nine children had built with her own hands. But 63-year-old Kanchi is a survivor. She will not let this disaster become the end of her story.

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