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Launching the Rapid Assessment Method for Older People (RAM-OP)

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Pascale Fritsch

HelpAge International

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25 Nov 2015, 11:38

Today, HelpAge International is happy to officially launch the Rapid Assessment Method for Older People (RAM-OP), a quick, simple and low-cost tool to assess the needs and vulnerabilities of older people in humanitarian situations. The rapid assessment method for older people (RAM-OP) is a house-to-house survey that can be used to assess the nutrition status of older people as well as a range of vulnerability factors, some of them specific to old age. The new approach was developed with Valid International and Brixton Health with funding from the ELRHA?s Humanitarian Innovation Fund . The method needs a sample of 192 people, a notable improvement on previous techniques needing more than 600 people to take part. The users? manual and other tools are available on the HelpAge website: Please share this with your partners, country offices, country coordinators. For more information please visit or contact me, Pascale Fritsch pfritsch at or the co-inventors of RAM-OP: Brixton Health, Mark Myatt mark at, or Valid International, Kristine Albrektsen kristine at (for emails replace "at" with "@")

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