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