COVID-19: Rapid Needs Assessment of older people – Zimbabwe

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented socio-economic and health challenges for older people in Zimbabwe. The crisis has resulted in the breakdown of an already weakened health sector that lacks sufficient medication and medical staff. Limited testing kits and the porous border with South Africa has meant the number of cases is likely to be far higher than reported. To assess the needs of older people in Zimbabwe in more detail, the Center for Community Development Solutions, with support from HelpAge International, conducted a rapid needs assessment in northern and eastern Zimbabwe in June.