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.