Humanitarian Emergency Response Review
Published on 16 June 2011 12:30 PM
Age UK and HelpAge International response to the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review (HERR) Report
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK, said:
'We warmly welcome DFID's response to the HERR Report and its new strategy for humanitarian and emergency relief.
'The extra funding allocated by DFID to emergency relief work will save lives and Age UK agrees with DFID's position that the needs of vulnerable people should be given extra focus in times of emergency.
'However we are disappointed that older people do not feature as a named priority group for DFID's work and would like to see a greater emphasis on their needs from DFID.
'Research from our sister organisation HelpAge International shows that only 0.2% of emergency response projects funded through UN appeals respond to older people's particular needs. This is a situation that fails to recognise the humanitarian needs of older people as well as their rights and contributions.'
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