HelpAge global network members in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

HelpAge global network members in eastern Europe and central Asia are based in the following countries:

Albania | Armenia | Azerbaijan | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Kazakhstan |
Kyrgyzstan | Russia | Serbia | Turkey l Ukraine


Albanian Association of Geriatric and Geriatrics

The Albanian Association of Geriatric and Geriatrics (AAGG) was established in 1991 immediately after the end of the communistic era in Albania. It was established to link Albanian health professionals with an interest in geriatrics and gerontology to wider international developments and thinking in these fields. This remains a core part of its mission and activities to date.

The work of AAGG also includes  improving health, life quality and welfare of older people. They urge improvement of health; social services; participation; and carry out research on the wellbeing of older people. AAGG's other key areas of work include campaign and advocacy, service provision, training and education and network development.

Since 2007, AAGG has developed a network of organisations and institutions named Movement of Organisations Supporting Healthy Ageing (MOSHA). The network is a loose coalition composed of ten organisations of older people organisations or other organisations interested in ageing.

AAGG has led the Albanian Age Demands Action campaign since 2008 and became a member of the HelpAge global network in 2014.


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Mission Armenia

Mission Armenia was founded in 1993 by a group of volunteers. It aims to provide community-based social and healthcare services to vulnerable groups, including older people.

Mission Armenia collaborates closely with the Government of Armenia, local groups, USAID, UNHCR, HelpAge International and a number of other international organisations. It has branches in Australia and the United States. Mission Armenia is the founder of International Union of Black Sea NGOs, a network of 50 NGOs from 12 states of the Black Sea region. The union's headquarters are based in Armenia.

Mission Armenia works in seven provinces in Armenia where they provide a number of services including social, legal and healthcare; nutrition services; and vocational trainings to make older people competitive on the labour market and to empower them to claim their rights.

Recently, Mission Armenia has supported more than 5,500 extremely vulnerable local refugees who were affected by consequences of the global crisis and lack of appropriate social protection mechanisms. The refugees included extremely vulnerable older people.

Mission Armenia has been working with HelpAge International since 1999 and became a HelpAge global network member in 2004. 

Download the Mission Armenia fact sheet to find out more.


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Armenia-Azerbaijan Civil Peace Platform

Established in December 2017 by an initiative of representatives of civil society. It was registered as a non-entrepreneurial legal entity with the aim of building public support for bringing parties closer to peace and ensuring a strong reconciliation between the two nations.
Solving humanitarian problems is one of the main directions of their activities. Older people are a very important beneficiary of their work, since they are the most vulnerable in conflict zones and among refugees. Armenia-Azerbaijan Civil Peace Platform also contribute to the involvement of older people in social processes and has great potential to solve the problems of older people, especially among IDPs and refugees, guarantee their rights, combat discrimination and ensure a decent and active life.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Association for Psychosocial Help and Development of Voluntary Work - OSMIJEH

OSMIJEH was set up in 1996 in the immediate aftermath of Bosnia and Herzegovina's civil war. All its programmes and projects have long-term objectives and are based on the needs in the society that have not been met by state and public institutions.

OSMIJEH was the first organisation in Bosnia and Herzegovina to implement advocacy and policy influencing projects and to introduce bottom-up approaches working with older people. OSMIJEH has led the Bosnia and Herzegovinian Age Demands Aaction campaign since 2008.

OSMIJEH has worked with HelpAge since 1997 and became a HelpAge global network member in 2014.


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ARDAGER is an NGO established in 2000 in Astana to work on advocacy, recreation, health, education and training. It provides help through juridical, medical and technical support to improve the quality of life of older people. ARDAGER advocates with policy makers, and has influence throughout the wider region.

ARDAGER became a HelpAge global network member in 2013.


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Resource Center for Elderly

Established in 1991, Umut-Balykchy was one of the first Kyrgyz NGOs. In 2003, it changed its name into Resource Center for Elderly (RCE).
They work on issues that affect older people, including: social protection, financial and legal advice and education. RCE also disseminates information on issues concerning older people and builds networks to strengthen their voice.

RCE offers a variety of services to older people. These include legal advice, humanitarian support, education on nutrition, self-help groups, medical help and micro financing.

RCE is a member of other networks such as AgeNet International. Indeed, they are an important part of advocacy work to improve older people's quality of life in Kyrgyzstan. They also lobby to improve older people's access to basic social services.

RCE began working with HelpAge International in 2003 and became a HelpAge global network member in 2005.


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Dobroe Delo

Dobroe Delo ("kind deed") was established in Moscow in 2000. It is a non-profit organisation that aims to improve older people's quality of life and supports the development of other gerontological non-profit organisations.

Dobroe Delo's home-based medical and social care programme provides medicine, clothing, hygiene kits, food products, legal assistance and social rehabilitation to older people. They founded a network of gerontological organisations in Russia to advocate for better social protection for older people. They also carry out research on gerontology in order to create a resource centre for the network.

Dobroe Delo offers postgraduate education to doctors in collaboration with the Department of Gerontology and Geriatrics of the Russian Academy. They also offer internships to students from the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences.

Dobroe Delo became a HelpAge global network member in 2009.


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Saint Petersburg Charitable voluntary organization of civic education “House of Projects”

Since beginning it's operations in 2001, the organisation has implemented a 14-year project called the third age school, a school for the elderly. 
Looking at the ongoing educational programs with the participation of older people, the organization has initiated a number of major projects for the Russian society, such as: the social film festival “Third age — new opportunities” (2011–2016) publisher’s project “open doors” 2007–2016 and a number of other international projects. 
Currently, there is a change in the direction of activities towards engaging and including senior citizens in the work of the organization: services and joint social work. One of the main reasons for changing the concept and format of the events was the international forum “Age demands action” in 2018, the forum brought together public figures and experts in the field of active ageing from different countries and called for greater responsibility and activity in improving the quality of life of older people in Russia. This event was held with the support of one of the leading universities of the country - the Higher School of Economics and the Foundation for Presidential Grants of the Russian Federation. 

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Red Cross of Serbia

The Red Cross of Serbia is one of Europe's oldest voluntary organisations, founded in 1876. Ageing and older people in Serbia have been organisational priorities since 2001. The Red Cross of Serbia have ensured that their branch network include older vulnerable people in all local and community-level work.

Their mission is to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote all forms of humanitarian activities to prevent and alleviate human suffering and thereby promoting human dignity and peace in the world.

They work with and for Serbian older people with low income; those who are socially isolated in rural and urban areas; and those who live alone with an elderly spouse or someone who requires assistance.

Their key work areas include campaign and advocacy, service provision, research, training and education and network development. Thematic areas include health and care, emergencies and disaster risk reduction, rights and social protection.

Red Cross of Serbia also works with and for other population groups such as children and youth, people living with disabilities and migrants.

Red Cross of Serbia has run the Serbian Age Demands Action campaign since 2008 and became a HelpAge global network member in 2014.


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Syrian Expatriates Medical Association (SEMA)

SEMA is a not-for-profit developmental relief medical organisation established in 2011 by a group of Syrian expatriates including doctors and health professionals in response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. It operates as a federation with members based in Turkey, France, USA and Italy with branches in the United Kingdom, Germany and Jordan.
SEMA mainly works in projects concerned with health sector and medical relief, and this includes operating a number of hospitals and health centers. In terms of educational process, the organisation also conducts various training courses that aim to raise the level of cadres working in the medical field. Furthermore, SEMA supports an extensive network of primary health care facilities in northern Syria, and the association implements the basic package of primary care services covering the areas of reproductive health, child health, mental health and psychological support, communicable and no communicable diseases and nutrition and vaccinations. 
SEMA became a HelpAge global network member in October 2019.
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Turbota pro Litnix v Ukraini

Turbota pro Litnih v Ukraini (TLU) or Age Concern Ukraine has an impressive track record of defending the rights of the most vulnerable older people in Ukraine.

TLU have branches in ten cities and six rural locations in Ukraine, from which they deliver services to 20,000 older people every year through a network of 2,000 volunteers. They are also a partner organisation of the Ministry of Social Policy and serve as the voice of older people at national and local levels.

In 2008, TLU became a partner of EVZ ("Remembrance, Responsibility, Future") German Federal Fund.

They are highly valued by the Ukrainian government, with Aleksander Kurban, Senior Counsellor at the Ministry of Social Policy, stating: "40,000 NGOs are registered in Ukraine. If they were all like TLU, Ukraine would already be in the EU."

TLU has worked with HelpAge International and Age UK since 1999 and in March 2012 became a HelpAge global network member.

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Central Asia Gerontology Centre

One of the founders of AgeNet International, the regional ageing network in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. The Central Asian Gerontology Centre is actively engaged in improving the quality of life of older people in Tajikistan at a high methodological level. They also established humanitarian assistance and development programmes.
The Central Asian Gerontology Centre is the first organization in the Central Asian region that, at the initiative of the Department of the United Nations Secretatiat for Economic and Social Affairs, conducted the National survey on ageing in Tajikistan.
The organization is the initiator of the creation of the gerontological service in Tajikistan; awarded by Grundwing prize for the best project on working with older people. 

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