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Age International

We want to improve the lives of older people, not just in the UK, but all around the world. Age UK has a subsidiary charity called Age International, working to help vulnerable older people in over 40 developing countries.

Who we are

Age International is the only UK charity to focus solely on the needs and rights of older people in low- and middle-income countries.

70% of the world’s older population lives in a developing country. 100 million currently live on less than 60p per day. Despite their unique needs and vulnerabilities, older people in developing countries often remain unseen and unheard. We work to make sure that older people aren’t forgotten.

- Read about what we do to support vulnerable older people 

How we help

We improve health by restoring sight through cataract operations; educating older people about HIV; training healthcare professionals about the specific health needs of older people; setting up mobile health clinics, and much more.

We reduce poverty by helping older people to access pensions; giving older people the tools and resources to work; and supporting grandparents who care for orphaned grandchildren.

We help older people to claim their rights; from fighting witchcraft allegations in Tanzania to lobbying for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older People.

- Find out how we help vulnerable older people in developing countries

Dhani and family
It is an experience to be able to see again. I’m not dependent anymore. I can take care of myself, my work and my family

We respond to emergencies; making sure older people can open and use the aid packs they are given; distributing essential food and shelter; helping them to recover after the disaster.

- Find out how we respond to emergencies

Our history

Age UK was formed out of two organisations – Help the Aged and Age Concern England. Both charities were involved in international work for many years; Help the Aged was originally set up as an international organisation, providing assistance to older people affected by an earthquake in the former Yugoslavia and a cyclone in the former East Pakistan.

In 2012 Age UK created Age International as a subsidiary charity to lead and manage its international work. Although we are part of the Age UK Group, we are a separate charity. Donations made to Age UK will not support international work.

- Read our FAQ to find out more about our work

I am glad that you haven’t forgotten us. There are not only children in Ethiopia but older people too

Further information

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 2081