COVID-19 and older people in South Africa.
Friday 25 June 2pm (UK time).
Chair: Professor Ndangwa Noyoo, University of Cape Town.
Roxanne Jacobs, University of Cape Town.
Elder abuse and older people in South Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fransesc Xavier Gómez-Olivé,MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), University of the Witwatersrand.
Older people and COVID-19. Insights from Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Leon Geffen and Gabrielle Kelly,The Samson Institute for Ageing Research (SIFAR).
How have long-term care facilities in South Africa responded to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Discussant: Sebastiana Kalula, University of Cape Town.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organisation, 5 February 2021.
“There is a disturbing narrative in some countries that it’s OK if older people die. It’s not OK… Those most at risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19, including health workers and older people, must come first. And they must come first everywhere.”
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The Global Platform has drawn attention to previous proposals to exclude or de-prioritise older people in COVID-19 vaccination programmes in countries such as Indonesia and Peru.
Goias was the second Brazilian state to start a vaccination campaign against COVID-19, and the governor (who happens to be a doctor) personally gave the first vaccine to an older person.
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.
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