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Thailand has a strong tradition of family respect and support for older people, but there are signs that the COVID-19 pandemic has put these norms under pressure, both in terms of family behaviour and in state policy.
Over the past months, a lot has been said about vaccine nationalism. Much less has been said about vaccine ageism (the decision of some countries to prioritise lower risk groups over those at the oldest ages). And almost nothing has been said about vaccine cakeism.
Older people and social movements in times of COVID-19 – Brazil’s National Front for the Strengthening of LTCFs (in Portuguese)
No combate à COVID-19, distintas mobilizações e movimentos sociais têm sido originados e/ ou fortalecidos em diversas partes do mundo.
Estimating excess mortality in the first wave of Peru’s COVID-19 pandemic: more than just an academic exercise?
Lancet Americas has just published a paper in which we develop a new method for estimating excess numbers of deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic and applies this method to Peru
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the lack of a comprehensive system of statistics on mortality and cause of death in India.
The Global Platform focusses specifically on COVID-19 and older people in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). As part of our activity, we have been highly critical about the governments of several LMICs, whose policies sometimes entail implicit or explicit discrimination against their older citizens.
An emergency strategy for managing COVID-19 in long-term care facilities in low and middle-income countries: the CIAT Framework (Version 3*).
There is a broad misperception that there are very few long-term care facilities (LTCFs) in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). In fact, there are large and rapidly growing networks of residential care services for older people in Latin America, many parts of Asia, South Africa and other middle-income settings (Camarano et al, 2010; Cheung Wong and Leung, 2012; Lloyd-Sherlock, 2019).
The first wave of COVID-19 hit Nepal back in 2020. As in India and elsewhere in the region, the effects of this first wave were relatively mild. The country is now dealing with a much more severe second wave, driven by the delta variant.
Barriers to vaccinating older people in Nepal. The limitations of public health infrastructure and the vicissitudes of vaccine nationalism.
Several Global Platform blogs and papers have criticised the failure of some governments to give people at the oldest ages sufficient priority in their COVID-19 vaccination strategies.