In the early hours of Feb. 6, 2023, an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck Turkey and Syria, followed by another 7.5 magnitude earthquake a few hours later. The death toll has now passed 20,000, and the numbers are expected to rise.
Older people are among the most at-risk and disadvantaged groups in times of crisis—and as temperatures drop, it is only more difficult for them to access the emergency shelters, supplies, and services they need.
HelpAge is working on the ground with our partners in both Turkey and Syria to provide access to mental health and psychosocial support, health and nutrition programs, essential items, and more. Your immediate support can help provide older people with: