3 August 2023

HelpAge International; Coalition of Services of the Elderly, COSE; Malawi Network for Older Persons Organizations, MANEPO

The webinar discussed the impacts of the global food, fuel and finance crisis on the basic needs and rights of older people. In the past year, people around the world have been affected by the food, fuel and finance – or cost-of-living crisis – that is pushing millions into hunger and poverty. The combined impact of COVID-19, the war in Ukraine, climate change, alongside existing poverty, inequality and humanitarian crises, has already had a detrimental impact on the livelihoods and wellbeing of many older people in lower- and middle-income countries. To identify the effects of this crisis on older people in these contexts, HelpAge International has carried out research in 10 countries: Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Yemen, Lebanon, Argentina, and Colombia. The webinar shared findings from the research and discussed policy measures needed to support older people in the immediate future and strengthen their resilience in the long-term.



  • Bob Babajanian, Income Security Portfolio Lead, HelpAge International
  • Tewodros Belachew, Country Director, HelpAge Ethiopia.
  • S. Chaminda De Silva, Programme Manager, HelpAge Sri Lanka
  • Emily Beridico, Director, The Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE)
  • Andrew Kavala, Executive Director, The Malawi Network of Older Persons’ Organisations (MANEPO)

Chair and moderator: Shannon Doocy, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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Registrants: 181


Attendees: 85


Youtube views: 144

(until september/2023)