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The Lebanon Humanitarian Fund supports the International Day of Older Persons

30 Sep 2019

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Older persons remain one of the most seriously affected groups in emergency situations, yet their needs are all too often overlooked. Credit: UNDP/Rana Sweidan

 

On this International Day of Older Persons, the Lebanon Humanitarian Fund is recommitted to working on the specific issues that older people face in humanitarian settings. Older persons remain one of the most seriously affected groups in emergency situations, yet their needs are all too often overlooked. For instance, they may have greater difficulty accessing basic services, or reaching safety, but humanitarian response is not set up to address these needs. It is critical that their needs are considered at all stages of the humanitarian programme cycle, from data gathering and analysis to implementation and evaluation. 

In Lebanon, because of the large number of Syrian refugees, health care and other services for older people are becoming overstretched, including for older Lebanese citizens as well.

The Lebanon Humanitarian Fund (LHF)   takes a people-centred approach, allocating funds based on specific vulnerabilities. LHF-supported projects for older people have assisted Syrian and Palestinian refugees as well as older Lebanese through health, protection and shelter interventions across Lebanon.

Older people were recognized as a humanitarian priority in the first LHF Standard Allocation of 2019. More than 15,000 older people are currently targeted in projects aimed at protecting and assisting those who need it most.