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Older people and age-disaggregated COVID-19 mortality data in low and middle-income countries.

December 1, 2020

Peter Lloyd-Sherlock

Lucas Sempe

Global and national health agencies do not always include older people in the way they develop, apply and interpret data. For much of the HIV pandemic, data were not collected for people aged 50 or more, based on the misguided view that older people were not at risk of infection. More recently, older people have been excluded from mortality reporting and from WHO targets for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart disease and diabetes, even though they are disproportionately at risk of dying from these conditions. Has this bias changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, given the strong association between old age and risk of death?

An Investment for the Ages: Financing Gender Data to Meet Pandemic and Development Needs

November 18, 2020

Shaida Badiee

Emily Courey Pryor

The virtual 2020 UN World Data Forum (UNWDF), which convened 10,000 participants over three days in October, left us feeling increasingly optimistic about gender data. Not only did it provide a ripe environment for discussing the importance of gender data, it set the stage for taking much-needed action on financing better gender data systems. We know that without adequate financial resources, we can’t make progress on substantive gender data collection and use


Bern 2021 and a forward look at the UN World Data Forum

February 18 2021, 9:00 – 10:15 AM (EST)

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