COVID-19 and older people in South Africa.

Friday 25 June 2pm (UK time).

Chair: Professor Ndangwa Noyoo, University of Cape Town.


Roxanne JacobsUniversity 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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COVID-19 and older people in Mexico: the perils of premature data analysis

COVID-19 and older people in Mexico: the perils of premature data analysis

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.



Of reported COVID-19 deaths in Chile since the start of the pandemic have been aged 60 or more.

In Argentina, the average age of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is


In Peru, people aged 60 or more account for


of reported COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

From March 2020 to 2021


of Colombia’s 55,000 reported COVID-19 deaths were aged 55+.

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