COVID-19 Resource Library
In these unprecedented times, evidence shows that COVID-19 poses a great risk to older people and those with existing chronic conditions. In the midst of growing tensions and uncertainty, the rights and ability of older people to access testing, health and other social services that prevent growing isolation are often overlooked; while global, national and regional and emergency preparedness plans do not adequately focus on the safety of older people.
This platform aims to inform and drive policy discussions through highlighting the views of thought leaders in various associated fields.
A Defining Moment for Informed, Inclusive and Targeted Response
For the general public, the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects. And for the one in five who already have mental health conditions – or the one in two who are at risk of developing them – we need to take personal, professional, and policy measures now to address them.
This resource page from the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association strongly encourages people with autoimmune disease to know the risks and take appropriate precautions.
Overstretched health services and nascent care systems in most Asian countries create substantial challenges for governments to address the needs of the at-risk populations in the region.
A statement in response to the COVID-19 crisis by the Steering Group of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP)
In the global response to COVID-19, it is essential that States protect the rights of older persons on an equal basis with others without discrimination and without exception and in line with international standards.
A link to the recorded IFA Virtual Town Hall “COVID-19 Global Effects on Older People” from 3 April 2020, hosted by Dr. John Beard.
COVID-19: How to include marginalized and vulnerable people in risk communication and community engagement
The development of this guide was led by UN Women and Translators without Borders on behalf of the Risk Communication and Community Engagement Working Group on COVID-19 Preparedness and Response in Asia and the Pacific, co-chaired by WHO, IFRC and OCHA.
COVID-19 pandemic: palliative care for elderly and frail patients at home and in residential and nursing homes
The current pandemic and the publication of the SAMS Guidelines “COVID-19 pandemic: triage for intensive-care treatment under resource scarcity”  have prompted the FGPG to prepare these recommendations for practice.
A toolkit for behavioural and social communication in outbreak response
A WHO guideline for emergency risk communication (ERC) policy and practice
“Unacceptable” – UN expert urges better protection of older persons facing the highest risk of the COVID-19 pandemic
Society has a duty to exercise solidarity and better protect older persons who are bearing the lion’s share of the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN human rights expert said.
The World Health Organization and Human Reproduction Program have prepared the following information and guidelines to address violence against women during the COVID-19 response.