The elderly are amongst the most affected groups by COVID-19. Not only do they face a higher threat to their rights to life and health, but also prevention and response-related decisions can deepen their social isolation. Unless their voices and views are taken into account, their ability to exercise their autonomy and rights might be compromised.
Such age-based discrimination may manifest in the provision of services because the treatment of older persons may be perceived as less important than the treatment of younger generations. Considering the higher risks confronted by older persons in the COVID-19 pandemic, development and humanitarian strategies must explicitly identify and consider their needs, challenges and strengths at all levels and in all settings.
To find out how this can be achieved, we invite you to join us next Wednesday.
You can also consult the summary and recording of our previous Wednesday web chat 'How to prevent COVID-19 becoming a humanitarian disaster in the context of conflict situations, refugee and IDP populations?'