Older people’s health in sub-Saharan Africa

by Isabella A G Aboderin and John R Beard
The Lancet, Vol. 385, February 14, 2015

3 pp. 128 kB

Awareness is growing that the world’s population is rapidly ageing. Although much of the related policy debate is about the implications for high-income countries, attention is broadening to less developed settings. Middle-income country populations, in particular, are generally ageing at a much faster rate than was the case for today’s high-income countries, and the health of their older populations could be substantially worse. However, little consideration has been given to issues of old age in sub-Saharan Africa, which remains the world’s poorest and youngest region.

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