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Aid agencies ignored special needs of elderly people after tsunami

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7514.422 (Published 18 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:422

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  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    Elderly people who survived the Asian tsunami on 26 December last year were unable to get health care, food aid, or cash support because relief packages were not specially designed for them, the non-profit agency HelpAge International has said.

    Despite attempts in the past to highlight the vulnerability of elderly people during emergencies, the tsunami relief effort did not take into account the special needs of this group in its initial phase, the agency said in a report released last week.


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