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Published: 2013

Nutrition interventions for older people in emergencies

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In emergency situations, older people may find it hard to access food. For example, when they are displaced, older people may face difficulties in registering for the general food rations, meet challenges in accessing food distributions and difficulties transporting the food.

This document provides general guidance for the implementation of emergency nutrition activities ensuring the inclusion of older people and addressing their specific needs. Its primary target is humanitarian actors working in the field – no specific knowledge of nutrition is assumed.

While the guidance recognises the connection between nutritional wellbeing, food security and health care it does not provide guidance on programming in these areas. These can be found in other HelpAge documentation.  At both global and field level, this guidance can also be used to highlight and advocate for the nutrition needs of older people in humanitarian crisis.
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