The MENARAH network is founded and led by Professor Shereen Hussein, with initial funding from the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund in 2019-2021. The initial funding allowed conducting several partnership building activities in the region-specific to setting research and policy priorities associated with population ageing in the Middle East and North Africa. These activities acted as the catalyst for developing the MENARAH Network, officially launched on the 29th of September 2020. The launch event showcased the work of MENARAH so far and discussed future partnerships and activities. In addition, the event featured endorsements from critical international experts 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).

The MENARAH network aims to build capacity and connect national, regional, and international stakeholders to address the various demands resulting from population ageing effectively and in a manner that enhances older people’s dignity, health and quality of life. Connecting researchers, policymakers, older people and their informal carers, educators and practitioners, and raising public awareness. We aim to conduct much-needed research in 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 enables 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.

MENARAH brings a core team with vast expertise in ageing and health research, policy analysis, economic evaluations, advocacy and intervention design. The team works with an extensive global network with significant representations of local and national partners. MENARAH aims to assist policymakers in designing relevant interventions for the vast and diverse implications of population ageing, which concern all segments of society. Our team can offer a range of expertise through advice, support, consultancy, and collaborations. Building on our extensive expertise, the MENARAH network provides opportunities for:

  • Collaboration with national, regional, and international policymakers in developing local, national and regional policies and strategies.
  • Partnership with other groups to undertake small or extensive research projects to address current knowledge gaps on ageing and long-term care topics.
  • Technical assistance to enhance evidence-based intervention design and implementation.
  • Support aimed at building capacity and knowledge translation.
  • Assistance in identifying existing knowledge and connections to local partners.
  • Tailored advice and consultancies.

Please contact us if you have any queries or require specific information.

Read Professor Hussein’s Welcome Note