Typhoon Haiyan one year on: older people key to recovery

HelpAge International (HelpAge) worked closely with the Coalition of the Services of the Elderly (COSE) to assess the level of damage and identify the immediate emergency support needs of the typhoon-impacted communities. Within days of the disaster, HelpAge International and COSE formed a joint response as HelpAge-COSE and began to provide essential relief support to people in the affected islands of Negros Occidental, North Cebu and West and East Leyte. There were two distinct phases in this emergency response. The initial relief phase covered a period of six months from November 2013 to April 2014 and supported older people households in particular but also included other households in the affected communities. The second, or recovery phase, from May 2014 onwards, addressed the particular longer term needs of older people for shelter, health and livelihood support, targeting the most vulnerable and poorer older person households.