Global population ageing is happening at a historically unprecedented rate, with most of the world’s older people living in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC).  The Middle East and North Africa region spans from Mauritania in the west to Iran in the East and Turkey in the North. The region has a unique experience of ageing when compared to experiences previously observed in Europe and other developed countries.

The implications of population ageing are vast and diverse; they concern all segments of society and not only older people. However, there is a shortage of detailed research studies to allow the design and implementation of effective policy and practice interventions. 

The MENARAH network aims to build capacity and connect national, regional and international stakeholders to enable an effective response to population ageing in the region. Connecting researchers, policymakers, older people and their informal carers, educators and practitioners as well as raising public awareness. We aim to conduct much-needed research in the area of ageing and long term care needs in the region and facilitate translating such knowledge into policy and practice. We are particularly interested in producing knowledge that facilitates the implementation of tangible policy and practice to enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of older people and their families in an equitable manner.

The MENARAH network was launched on 29th of September 2020 in a virtual event, which showcased the work of MENARAH so far and discussed some of its future aims. The event featured discussions with an international expert panel representing organisations such as the  United Nations International Institute on Ageing; the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN/ESCWA).