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The impact of COVID-19 on older persons [in Afghanistan]

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Samuel Hall.org, September 2020

The migration and displacement-focused social enterprise has looked at the growing elderly population of the country under the Covid19 pandemic and found that “Government ministries advised those over age 60 to remain inside their homes to minimize spread of the virus. Elderly women had higher rates of exposure, given their roles as caretakers for sick and ailing family members. The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) specifically required the elderly to stop participating in prayers at mosques to quell the spread.” The pandemic’s effects, the briefing paper says, “were felt significantly by Afghanistan’s large population of IDPs, specifically by older members of this group.”