Several Global Platform blogs and related publications draw attention to the limited quality and availability of age-disaggregated data on COVID-19 mortality in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Sometimes researchers have to do the best they can with questionable data, perhaps adding a caveat or two as an insurance policy. But sometimes the data are so flawed that researchers should disengage.
Over the past months, the world of global health has been so busy that some important stories have slipped under my radar. This morning, I came across a new report in the Guardian referring to COVID-19 in Tanzania
Academic support for long-term care facilities in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The “PUC No Lar” project (English translation)
The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the vulnerability of older people to high mortality, but due to their age and due to prevalent comorbidities such as chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes (NUNES et al., 2020).
A Pandemia da COVID-19 evidenciou a vulnerabilidade da população idosa em relação à exposição a doenças respiratórias de causa viral.
In one district, pension funds were diverted to make payments under the Centre’s Covid-19 relief package
Data on COVID-19 mortality are very incomplete for many LMICs and information about older people is especially scarce.