Vaccinating the most vulnerable group in the time of pandemic: Insights from a national survey of older people

This research brief examines the Filipino older people’s awareness of influenza (more commonly called flu) and pneumococcal vaccines, their level of vaccination, and the extent to which these vary across selected characteristics of older people. The analysis is based on the data of the Longitudinal Study of Ageing and Health in the Philippines (LSAHP) 1 baseline survey, a nationally representative survey on older Filipinos ages 60 years and over conducted in 2018. The survey of 5,985 respondents included questions on whether OP are aware of flu and/or pneumococcal vaccines for older people, and if so, whether they have availed of these vaccines.

Is It Too Late to Fall in Love and (Re)marry?

This article draws from the results of the 2018 Longitudinal Study of Ageing and Health in the Philippines (LSAHP) 1. It provides a picture of the older Filipinos’ marital status, a significant factor affecting their well-being which has not been given enough attention in gerontological studies in the country. We examine how marriage patterns and attitudes towards love and marriage in older ages vary between older males and females and assess if their current marital status is related to loneliness.

October 1 is International Day of Older Persons

Today, October 1, the Demographic Research and Development Foundation, Inc. and the University of the Philippines Population Institute join the whole world in celebrating the International Day of Older Persons. Through our research, we contribute to the promotion of healthy and active aging among Filipino older people and to ensure a society for all ages.


Human Resource for Health in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Does the Philippines Have Enough?

This research brief aims to bring to fore, the implications of the increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases on the need to have more health care workers and of the importance of protecting those in the line of duty. We highlight the gap in the country’s health workforce, particularly in the number of doctors, nurses and midwives prior to COVID-19 pandemic based on the latest census data of 2015, and projections on the health professionals in the country. The analysis also draws information from the 2018 National Migration Survey (NMS) which provides detailed information on health professionals by occupation category (PSA & UPPI, 2019) and the 2018 Occupation Wages Survey (OWS), a survey conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) nationwide every two years covering establishments employing at least 20 workers.

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