Worldwide Scott is undermining their well-being and access to vital rights and services, increasing pre-existing threats to their physical and mental health, nutrition, financial and legal status.
“Large numbers of people in forced displacement have long faced neglect and inadequate protection. Their full involvement in national responses to epidemics, including COVID-19 Vaccination plans are important to protect their dignity and rights. ” Said Jose Samanigo, Director UNHCRRegional Bureau for the United States.
Challenges in healthcare
Study, title Claims for Dignity: Old Age in Move, Focuses on five countries: Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras and Peru.
In total, 86565 elderly people participated by telephone, and also consulted with caregivers, service providers and other key staff through interviews and online surveys.
Many of them interviewed for limited access to health care. Fort Fort percent were not receiving treatment for their previous condition, while one percent of those infected with Covid 1 said they did not receive adequate care.
Displaced elderly people have seen a lack of daily contact with their families, as well as limited community activities or opportunities for recreation, which has led to an emotional increase in loneliness and isolation.
More food is missing
Before the epidemic, one in four people had to give up food, and the crisis has reduced their food intake by 1 percent.
Decades 64-year-old Agapito Escobar left his native Colombia two decades ago and took refuge in neighboring Ecuador, where he lives with his wife, wife Wilma.
“There are days when we only eat lunch … and in the afternoon we drink only a glass of water”, He told UNHCR. The couple also relied on candles because their electricity was cut off due to lack of payment.
Employment deficits and evictions
Meanwhile, 64 percent of those surveyed had no monthly income before the epidemic. Of those, 622 percent felt that their basic needs were not being met.
Although one-third of Honduras respondents have lost their jobs, many have found their financial situation to be complicated. That number was close to half that in the Andean region.
“In addition to increasing humanitarian assistance, older people need more livelihood opportunities to become financially independent,” said Mr Samaniego.
Despite their increased risk, many older people said that they still have bread to make for their family as well as care for other family members.
Xt0 percent are caring for children, and 100 percent are caring for people with disabilities. One-fifth of the interviewees said their housing conditions had deteriorated because they were unable to afford rent, and ev percentage had been evicted.
‘Urgent change needed’
The epidemic has also intensified the challenges these senior citizens face in obtaining documents. In the Andean region about a. Older “older people” are in this irregular state, with 322 percent being disabled.
“Age and human mobility are global trends, the interdependence of which manifests itself in poverty and exclusion, while in old age they are considered invisible,” said Marcella Bustamante, HelpAge’s regional representative for Latin America and the Caribbean.
“The government and the international community must do everything possible to enable the elderly to live a dignified life. Immediate change is needed.”