In mid-May 2020 Cox's Bazar registered its first case of COVID-19. Since then movement restriction and a rising death toll, as well as the start of the rainy season, has made a difficult situation worse for older people. Considering this challenging context HelpAge undertook a multi-sector Rapid Needs Assessment at the end of May 2020. This is to enable the organisation to adapt its programming and provide advocacy messages to humanitarian partners and government.
81% of older people have had to reduce the quantity of food consumed, especially those over 70 (90%). Furthermore 28% of older people have had to reduce the quality of food eaten, especially older men (34%).
77% of older people report that there are not enough WASH facilities, 41% report a lack of privacy and 35% report they are too far away.
63% of older people are unable to use all key COVID-19 preventive measures, for example, 31% of older people are unable to wash their hands properly and 27% of older people, are unable to maintain two meter distance from others.
65% of older people responded that since the outbreak of COVID-19 they feel worried or anxious “most of the time”.