In 2014, our network of 428 charity shops collected donated goods to support the work of Age UK's sister charity, Age International, which works in more than 40 developing countries around the world. Thousands of items were donated and then sold to benefit vulnerable older people.
Under the UK Aid Match scheme, the Department for International Development (DFID) matched this effort pound for pound, providing £3.9 million to fund a wide-reaching healthcare project in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
Age International is using this money to improve access to health, HIV and care services for 361,000 poor older people in Africa, making them less vulnerable to illness and worsening poverty. We're supporting people in later life to secure state benefits - including pensions where they exist - so that they can pay for healthcare, medicines and healthier food. By being healthier, they are more likely to be able to work their way out of poverty.
Two-thirds of people living with chronic conditions live in developing countries.
'This clinic is really helpful - they give me clothes, food and healthcare. They give me everything I need.' Mediha 60, Ethiopia.