Covid-19 has reached the Middle East and Eurasia which are at high-risk for increased mortality from the disease. The population in these areas are ageing rapidly, face ongoing conflict and have huge displaced and refugee populations. Places like Syria have limited resources and medical infrastructure which will serve to make fighting Covid-19 all the harder.
We work in many countries in the Middle East and Eurasia, assisting with conflict affected older women, men and communities and improving social-economic prospects for refugees and their host communities. Our usual activities, such as meeting with older people in safe community centres, has had to be temporarily suspended to limit the spread of Covid-19.
We are working hard to prevent the spread of the disease by providing hygiene kits to at risk older people alongside printed advice about how to stay safe from Covid-19. Additionally, all care visitors and staff have been asked to wear masks and use hand sanitizers before home-based care visits to minimise the risk of introducing Covid-19 to older people.
While Age UK is supporting older people in the UK, Age International is working to reach those in high-risk areas in low-income countries where healthcare systems are already severely stretched.