Global Responses to Covid-19

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The reach of the coronavirus (COVID-19) stretches around the world and has spared no country.  During the crisis, the team at AARP International has seen many countries and communities respond with creative or noteworthy approaches to improve the health and economic wellbeing of their people.


We believe there is value to sharing creative ideas and practices in one place so our global community can consider, learn and potentially implement some of them. 


Although we cannot recommend any of these approaches as validated “best practices,” we invite you to send us innovative approaches from other countries and communities that might be worthy of sharing. Please share official resources, as well as auspicious anecdotal approaches taking place around the world that may be promising (with links to sources, please). We are particularly interested in ideas and practices to support and empower older adults and their families.

Please notify us of additional resource pages here. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Health & Wellbeing

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Useful Links

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The “She-cession” and Older Women: The Global Impact of the COVID-19 Recession

AARP "The pandemic-induced recession has been dubbed a “she-cession” for its disproportionate impact on women. As we emerge from the pandemic, it is critical to consider the varied economic impacts and long-term implications on women around the world ages 50 and over who are low-income and marginalized." Read AARP Global Thought Leadership blog by Melissa Grober-Morrow & Ben F. Belton. July 1, 2021

Older refugees at heightened risk of exclusion as COVID-19 continues to strike the Americas

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and HelpAge International warned today that the COVID-19 pandemic is putting older people on the move across Latin America at risk, damaging their wellbeing and limiting their access to vital rights and services. Read article by UNHCR, May 26, 2021

International Review of Innovations to Protect Nursing Home Residents from Infectious Diseases such as COVID-19

AARP This report reviews the international community’s experience with the COVID-19 pandemic in nursing homes, which has varied substantially across different countries. Read report by Susan C. Reinhard, Jane A. Tilly, May 25, 2021

Tracking COVID-19 vaccination rates worldwide: How many people have been vaccinated?

It has been months since the first person received a COVID-19 vaccine, and hundreds of millions of doses have been distributed – but the distribution of vaccines has not been equal throughout the world. Several countries, including the U.S., have been making fast progress immunizing their populations. Millions of shots have been given to Americans, ranking the U.S. as one of the top countries with one of the highest vaccination rates per 100 people. But as richer countries are securing more doses than their populations need, many poorer countries are yet to report a single dose administered. Read article by USA Today, April 22, 2021

COVID-19 equitable vaccine scheme reaches more than 100 countries and economies

Announcing the news on Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that more than 38 million doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech and Serum Institute of India-produced shots (one of the AstraZeneca vaccines known as COVISHIELD) have been transported globally so far. Read UN News article, April 8, 2021. 

The COVID Pandemic Has Upended Labor Force Projections

AARP "Older Workers Were the Fastest Growing Worker Demographic…Until Covid-19." Read full AARP Thinking Policy blog by Jennifer Schramm, March 09, 2021

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AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres discuss COVID-19 and its global impact on older populations.

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COVID-19 is no excuse for ageism

COVID-19 is exposing ageism: discrimination on the basis of a person’s age. As we grow older our lives DO NOT become disposable. COVID-19 is no excuse for ageism. Nothing is. Share this video by HelpAge International 


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