HelpAge International established the Knowledge and Resource Hub to develop and provide training, and tailored adhoc support to local, national, and international organisations, private sector organisations, and government to mainstream older people in their policies and humanitarian interventions. This hub serves as a centre and meeting point for all project stakeholders to exchange experiences and best practices.
The First Training Program “H.O.P.E”
Module 1 Overview: (Age and its interaction with vulnerabilities in humanitarian crises)
This module focuses on the understanding of normal ageing, role of older people and barriers they may face during humanitarian crises. This module will take a detailed look at how to effectively advocate for the inclusion of older people in policies and programmes.
Module 2 Overview: (Inclusion of older people in emergency needs assessments and SADDD)
This module focuses on understanding age and gender analysis and examines how to ensure the inclusion of older men and women into humanitarian needs assessments by making emergency needs assessment older people friendly.
Module 3 Overview: (Health, home-based and community-based care in humanitarian crises)
The module aims to strengthen participant understanding about healthcare and nutrition requirements of older people and provides guidance about the implementation of various healthcare activities including community based care.
Module 4 Overview: (Protection of older people in humanitarian crises)
The protection module focuses on how to ensure that the rights of older men and women affected by disasters and conflict are promoted and respected. This module examines specific protection risks and needs of older people, how to conduct a protection needs assessment and identifies various interventions that are available to ensure that those needs are met.
Module 5 Overview: (Food security and livelihoods interventions for older people in humanitarian crises)
The food security and livelihoods module provides general guidance on implementing livelihoods programmes for older people and other vulnerable groups during emergencies.
The Second Training Program “A.I.H.I”
Module 1 Overview: (Healthy Ageing)
This module aims to introduce participants to health and ageing by defining healthy ageing, discussing barriers to healthy ageing, examining mental health, and highlighting the importance of non-communicable disease management in later life. This module also identifies how person-centered care is an important step towards protecting human rights and health care access.
Module 2 Overview: (The Right to Autonomy and Independent Living for older people with and without disabilities)
This module aims to strengthen participants' understanding of the right to autonomy for older people, the importance of independent living in protecting autonomy and the barriers that challenge independent living. Different tools that can help organizations support independent living of older people will be reviewed and provided.
Module 3 Overview: (Gender-based violence among older people in humanitarian programs)
This module aims to strengthen participants’ understanding of gender-based violence including what it is, underlying factors and risks of gender-based violence in later life, its impact on older people, and the importance of GBV protection and response in a humanitarian context.
Module 4 Overview: (Rights based approach to including older men and women with and without disabilities)
This module focuses on including older men and women to ensure their participation in humanitarian settings, and how a rights-based approach that promotes the voices framework can assist organizations in successfully integrating older people’s voices into their programs. Participants will understand where to involve older people and how to effectively do so.
Module 5 Overview: (How to design age and disability- inclusive programming)
This module aims to identify ways in which participants can create an inclusive humanitarian program ensuring that older people with or without disabilities can participate in the program development process, highlighting how older people can be included at each step of the process.