Zanzibar pension scheme one year on

Older man in Zanzibar stands holding a bowl of fruit.

In April 2016 Zanzibar became the first state in East Africa to provide older people with a social pension, thanks to lobbying work by Age International and our partner HelpAge Tanzania.

Now, anyone over the age of 70 can receive 20,000 Tanzanian Shillings (£7.30) a month. On the first anniversary of the scheme, Age International visits older people in Zanzibar to see how their lives have changed.

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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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Put a stop to ageism on International Day of Older People

Ageism exists all over the world. This International Day of Older People, Age International is calling on people and institutions everywhere to recognise and reject ageism.

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In pictures: Ageing around the world

Andy W Langton has won the amateur category of the Age International photo competition, with this incredible shot of two divers in South Korea. The women, both in their 70s, can hold their breath for minutes at a time and dive to depths of 20 meters without any breathing equipment.

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