Study on older Filipinos draws positive feedback from gov’t


An early morning visit before the forum by Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and a scheduled meeting with Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in the afternoon after the forum, were just two of the positive feedbacks sparked by the study “Ageing and Health in the Philippines: Findings of the 2018 Longitudinal Study on Ageing and Health in the Philippines (LSAHP)” last December 9.

Promoting hand washing in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic

Hand washing is important for the prevention of many infectious diseases. Even prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been advocating for the practice of hand washing with soap and water as a very simple and highly effective means to control the spread of infectious diarrheal diseases and acute respiratory infections among children. In the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Health (DOH) recommends regular hand washing with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds as one of the main protective measures against infection with the novel coronavirus.

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COVID-19 and the Economic Vulnerability of Older Filipinos

Our first Research Brief discussed the increased vulnerability of older Filipinos to COVID-19 because of their age and comorbidities. In this analysis, we move beyond health and mortality and assess older people’s economic vulnerability as a way of drawing attention to the conditions and needs of older Filipinos at this time. The analysis hopes to help guide the government in providing more informed interventions to ensure the well-being of the estimated 9.5 million older Filipinos during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

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