As part of an Asia-Pacific regional initiative, HelpAge International and partner organisations are producing bimonthly briefs to summarise trends in the situation of older people and responses to their situation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. HelpAge’s documents have been produced with financial support from UNFPA.

In a rapidly moving context, these bimonthly reports will aim to monitor secondary sources of evidence that illustrate changes in the situation of older people during 2020. They will also document how governments and others are responding to the challenges that older people face. Given the vast scale and diversity of the region, these periodic reports do not aim to be comprehensive and are not supported through a country-by-country search for information across the whole region. Rather, they are intended to identify emerging trends across Asia Pacific in broad strokes, with examples. Future reports will be supported by national-level briefs from additional countries in the region.

First series

Regional report – June 2020

Country briefs (produced by HelpAge International):

Bangladesh – produced by the Department of Population Sciences, University of Dhaka, on behalf of UNFPA Bangladesh; India – produced on behalf of HelpAge International by Nathan Economic Consulting India; I.R. Iran – produced by Prof. Majid Koosheshi on behalf of UNFPA Iran; Japan – produced by the Japan Agency for Gerontological Evaluation Study (JAGES); Republic of Korea – produced by Hanyang University Institute of Ageing Society; Myanmar, Pakistan and Vietnam – produced by HelpAge International.