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ESAR RCCE Media Dialogue: What You Need to Know – COVID and Older People
June 8, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Recording link: https://youtu.be/faULFSJSDPU
Older people are at higher risk of serious Covid illness and their odds of survival are the lowest. Many have lost their livelihoods and can’t buy the food or medicine they need to survive.
The pandemic has also exposed ageism like never before. Older people have been separated and isolated, portrayed as weak and helpless and, their rights have been ignored. This has taken a toll on their health and wellbeing, and older people now risk facing more violence, abuse and neglect than before the pandemic.
Despite the impact of the pandemic on older people, data issues and gaps continue to exclude older people, and block effective responses and future planning.
In this Dialog, John Masina from WHO and Leonard Ndamboga of HelpAge International discussed the impact Covid-19 has had on older people in East and Southern Africa, and what their organizations are doing to help.