Financial aid a top priority of Yolanda survivors

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

TACLOBAN CITY -- Financial aid is the top priority among older people, according to a survey in the affected areas of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

"To help other people recover, our work is based on the needs identified in a survey of more than 7,000 older people in typhoon-affected areas. These needs include rebuilding livelihoods and shelter, accessing basic healthcare and addressing isolation," said Ian Clark, HelpAge Emergency Programme Manager in the Philippines.

HelpAge International in partnership with Coalition of Services of the Elderly (Cose) is providing assistance to older people in identified programme areas in Leyte and Northern Cebu. They were able to extend assistance to more than 140,000 people in six months.


"Many older people have still not fully rebuilt homes and livelihoods destroyed by the typhoon and it is essential that poor and vulnerable older people are included in ongoing recovery programmes," Clark said.

The aid provided are emergency food for almost 8,000 households in hard-to-reach communities, cash grants for almost 16,000 households, emergency shelter kits for 4,000 households, rice and fertilizer for about 4,000 older farmers, health check-ups and medical examinations with free access to a month supply of appropriate medicines for more than 1,600 people in 36 remote communities in Leyte, and psychosocial support for almost 1,700 people in partnership with Mercy Malaysia.

Cose started providing assistance since January. At present it is the only non-government organization focusing on older persons in typhoon-affected places.

Among those identified programme areas are the municipalities of Palo, Tanauan, Tolosa and Tacloban City; municipalities of Albuera, Merida, Villaba, Isabel, Kanangga, Matag-ob, Leyte-Leyte and Ormoc City; and the town of Medellin in North Cebu.

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