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Lipi

Lipi receives some healthcare but cannot afford to get her eyes tested (c) Mayur Paul/HelpAge International

Thursday, 3 April

This World Health Day, on 7 April, campaigners from across the HelpAge network will come together and campaign for affordable, accessible healthcare for people of ALL ages.

People like Lipi.

Lipi is 62 and lives with her children and grandchildren in a village in Bangladesh.

She receives some free healthcare, but the charity-run clinic has limited funds and cannot offer all the services Lipi needs — such as an eye clinic.

Lipi says: “My eyesight is going but I haven’t had my eyes tested in eight years as there is no affordable eye clinic in my region.

“We have to go to the other private hospital but I cannot afford the fees.”

Many older people such as Lipi want to continue working and supporting their families but are being let down by a lack of consistent, affordable and accessible healthcare.

That’s why this year Age Demands Action on Health campaigners in more than 40 countries will meet high level officials such as Health Ministers, speak to the media, take part in marches and tweet their decision-makers — calling for universal health coverage.

What’s happening in your country?

See below to find out what YOU can do to help people like Lipi!

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Tweet older people better!

This year campaigners in six countries will tweet their health ministers and decision-makers to put pressure on them about better healthcare for older people.

If you have a Twitter account then please join the campaign!

How can I take part?

1. Follow @helpage on Twitter to keep up-to-date with the campaign and re-tweet our tweets.
2. If you live or are from one of our six target countries — Albania, Bangladesh, Fiji, Ghana, Haiti or Kenya please tweet your minister (see below) now and also on World Health Day on Monday.
3. If you are from outside of these countries please help us raise awareness for universal health coverage for older people by sending a tweet now and also on Monday, World Health Day.

Our Twitter targets:

Albania

Tweet Health Minister Ilir Beqaj now!

Bangladesh

Tweet the Department of the Directorate General of Health Services now!

Fiji

Tweet Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola now!

Ghana

Tweet Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection: Nana Oye Lithur now!

Haiti

Tweet Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population now!

Kenya

Tweet Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia now!

I don’t have a Twitter account. What else can I do to show my support?

▪ Follow and share updates from the campaign on our Facebook page or the HelpAge blog.

▪ Download our Age Demands Action on Health Facebook cover or Twitter backgroundand use them on your own social media profiles.

▪ Visit our Age Demands Action page to learn more.

▪ Encourage interested friends and colleagues to subscribe to our eNewsletter.

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Barbara Dockalova

Our world population is ageing and it’s ageing NOW!

Governments MUST provide access to primary healthcare, medicines and trained healthcare workers to respond to older people’s needs.

Please help us make that happen — for older people’s future and for your own future too!

Thank you very much and happy tweeting and campaigning!

Barbara Dockalova
Campaigns Coordinator
HelpAge International

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