As part of COVID-19 response, ARCED took the initiative to solely organize an impact study regarding the effect of COVID-19 on older adults in Bangladesh. During 2020, 1000 Bangladeshi older adults and 400 Rohingya older adults were surveyed digitally and physically. During 2021 another 1000 Bangladeshi older adults and 800 Rohingya older adults were surveyed. ARCED collaborated with a large number of academicians, policymakers and practitioners on this study and published many scientific papers in reputed journals.
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Effects of COVID-19 on older adults in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, the first COVID-19 confirmed case was reported on March 8, 2020, in a Rohingya refugee camp at Cox's bazar, and after that the number of positive cases has been increasing rapidly and spread throughout the country. Although, people from all age groups have been at danger, the risk for older adults have elevated due to their health conditions which have been entangled in different other illnesses due to age or other reasons.
As part of COVID-19 response, ARCED Foundation wanted to explore the psychosocial impact of COVID-19 among the Bangladeshi and Rohingya (Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals, FDMN) older adults residing in Bangladesh. The objective included the impact on social contact, loneliness, medication adherence for chronic disease and lifestyle activity among older adults along with perceived fear and anxiety and depression imposed by COVID-19 among the older adults. Additionally, we tried to explore the misconceptions regarding the spread, prevention and treatment of COVID-19 among older adults.
This research was done with collaboration of a large number of academicians, practitioner, policymakers, and public health experts.
The first round of data collection occurred from September 2020 to December 2020. A cross-sectional design was followed to collect information from 1000 older adults (>60 years old) from 8 divisions of Bangladesh and 400 Rohingya older adults. We used SurveyCTO based CATI to administer the surveys with Bangladeshi nationals over phone surveys. On the other hand, physical face-to-face interviews were conducted with Rohingya refugees (FCDNs).
The second round of data collection were initiated right after one year of the first round, from September 2021 to December 2021. This was a repeated cross-section survey. Similar to the first round, we used SurveyCTO based CATI to administer the surveys with Bangladeshi nationals over phone surveys and physical face-to-face interviews with Rohingya refugees (FCDNs).