RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

An overview of current and previous research projects covered as part of the Middle East and North Africa Research on Healthy Ageing (MENARAH) Network.

COVID19 AND THE WELLBEING OF OLDER PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The role of physical activities and the use of technology to enhance older people’s wellbeing in the Middle East during COVID19 Pandemic: A pilot study.

This project aims to capitalise on the use of smartphones and apps to provide a timely and unique platform for information, advice and service dedicated to ensuring the health and wellbeing of older people through the following activities that will be brought together under on online platform.

COVID-19, Social Distancing and Lockdown: Implications on Older People in the Middle East & North Africa COVID19 and the Wellbeing of Older People in the Middle East, Presentations, Research Activities, Resources In February 2021, Professor Shereen Hussein presented findings from the MENARAH’s research on the implications of COVID-19 restrictions and the wellbeing of older people in the MENA region in a symposium organised by the International Network for the Study of Arab Societies: Continue Reading Series 2 of ‘Movement is a Blessing’: 5 videos Blogs, COVID19 and the Wellbeing of Older People in the Middle East, Research Activities, Videos Between October 2020 and March 2021, Professor Shereen Hussein secured QR GCRF funding to continue the success of MENARAH’s Movement is a Blessing series aimed at improving the level of physical activities of older people in the MENA region especially Continue Reading COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa Region Blogs, COVID19 and the Wellbeing of Older People in the Middle East During April 2020, many countries in Europe suffered its first wave of infections with Covid-19 recording and increasingly high numbers of infections and deaths. The MENA region, on the other hand, had reported small numbers both for Covid-19 infections and Continue Reading Telemedicine solutions for older people in the MENA region Blogs, COVID19 and the Wellbeing of Older People in the Middle East, Research Activities, Resources Project team: Professor Shereen Hussein, Dr Mohamed Salama, Galal Abu El-Dahab Egypt is considered the most populated Arab country with a 2.2% growth rate per year, with the population expected to be 151 million by 2050 (Colliers 2017). Additionally, Egypt falls behind in the quantity Continue Reading Our Elder's Health, a Facebook page for older people and their carers in the MENA region Blogs, COVID19 and the Wellbeing of Older People in the Middle East, Research Activities, Resources In 2020, Professor Shereen Hussein secured funding through the University of Kent, GCRF Emergency Response Fund, to utilise social media platforms to raise awareness of healthy ageing in the Middle East and North Africa during COVID19 pandemic.  As part of this Continue Reading Movement is a blessing- training instruction videos for older people Blogs, COVID19 and the Wellbeing of Older People in the Middle East, Resources, Videos This video series aims to increase awareness of the importance of physical activities for older people especially during these times with COVID19 pandemic and the fact that most older people are staying at home more than usual. Basic physical activities Continue Reading

MOBILISING RESEARCH ON HEALTHY AGEING IN THE MENA REGION

In 2020, Professor Shereen Hussein conducted interviews with stakeholders in the Middle East with the aim of understanding the challenges associated with population ageing. International and regional researchers identified several gaps in the knowledge about the experience of older people and their carers in the region. They highlighted the importance of conducting research that addresses healthy ageing in its broadest meaning and not to overlook older people’s psychological health and wellbeing. There is a lack of research that is specific to understand the burden of informal care, especially within the cultural context of the region where gender inequalities and lack of formal support mechanism is evident.

Narratives of ageing and caring: Voices from the Middle East Blogs, Mobilising Research on Healthy Ageing in the MENA Region, Research Activities, Videos The Middle East and North Africa region is experiencing a fast demographic change, including population ageing. For countries to be able to create a suitable environment and opportunities for older people and their families, there is a need for detailed Continue Reading Engaging with national and international researchers Blogs, Mobilising Research on Healthy Ageing in the MENA Region, Videos For an effective policy formulation and decision-making it is crucial to understand knowledge gaps and potential opportunities. In 2020, Professor Shereen Hussein conducted a number of interviews with key international and regional researchers to explore issues associated with population ageing Continue Reading

LEARNING FROM THE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

The Middle East and North Africa region is experiencing population ageing at an unprecedented rate. The infrastructure and policy dynamics are in need to develop at a relatively fast pace to meet the growing social, health and economic needs of older people and their families. There are considerable knowledge and experience that could be learnt from other countries that have experienced population ageing at much earlier stages. This is particularly the case in countries that share similar context surrounding the importance of family and intergenerational support as a key component within their formal aged-care models. Through a partnership grant, Professor Shereen Hussein was able to conduct a number of knowledge mobilisation activities with research groups in Italy. Listen to some of the interviews with key researchers at the Italian National Research Council, Rome and the Centre for Social and Economic Research on Ageing, Ancona, Italy.

The Challenges and Opportunities of Population Ageing in the MENA Region Learning from the International Experience, Presentations, Videos In this knowledge-exchange event, Professor Hussein provided an analysis of the changing demographics in the region and associated policy challenges. Highlighting the need to develop a policy response that capitalises on the social and cultural norms within the region. The Continue Reading The importance of data, quality indicators and systems: Messages to the MENA region when setting long-term care policies Blogs, Learning from the International Experience, Videos As part of the GCRF partnership work, Professor Shereen Hussein held a series of interviews with researchers at the National Research Council, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies in Rome Italy. Talking to Daniela Luzi, Fabrizio Pecoraro and Continue Reading Learning from the Italian experience: Meeting at INRCA-IRCCS Blogs, Learning from the International Experience, Videos In February 2020, Professor Shereen Hussein was invited by INRCA-IRCCS (National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing) - Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing, (Ancona, Italy) to discuss population ageing in the MENA region. Following a presentation explaining the Continue Reading

AGEING AND LONG TERM CARE PRIORITIES IN THE MENA REGION

Addressing population ageing, while considerably important, is often neglected in the MENA region due to other pressures including poverty and youth unemployment. In 2019, Professor Shereen Hussein, received funding from the University of Kent GCRF Partnership Fund to conduct consultative and partnership activities with key stakeholders in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa in relation to population ageing research agenda.

The activities included a well attended a two-days regional workshopin April 2019 as well as several engagement events and communications with international partners. This work has been timely as it coincided with the development of the Arab States strategy on ageing and facilitated access to a broad range of interested researchers, policymakers and non-governmental organisations.

Building Capacity on Ageing Research in the MENA region Blogs, Setting Ageing Research and Policy Priorities in the MENA region In July 2019, Professor Shereen Hussein visited the United Nations' Institute on Ageing INIA to discuss implications of population ageing in the Middle East and North Africa region and understand potential collaboration to build relevant research and practice capacity in the region.  Professor Continue Reading Regional Workshop on Ageing, Cairo, April 2019 Blogs, Setting Ageing Research and Policy Priorities in the MENA region In collaboration with the Social Research Center, American University in Cairo, Professor Shereen Hussein organised a workshop on Population Aging in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. The workshop was designed to share evidence-based research on ageing with contribution from the Continue Reading

Research Partners

MENARAH has partnered with different groups and research projects who are interested in relevant topics related to ageing and long term care in the Middle East and North Africa region. Read more about our partners.

TEC-MED: Development of a transcultural ethical-social care model for the dependent population in the Mediterranean basin Blogs, Research Partners Mediterranean countries are showing common trends in terms of social support decrease and the need for innovative and sustainable socio-ethical-care models. These issues have an impact on many categories of vulnerable people, such as dependent elderly having chronic diseases and Continue Reading The Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Learning Platform Blogs, Research Partners Both the MENARAH network and the EMR-SDGs Learning Platform are two initiatives that are joining forces to capitalize on each other strength, expand the content of their respective contributions, as well as reach a wider audience.  The EMR-SDGs Learning Platform is Continue Reading How are you coping during COVID-19? A global survey Blogs, Research Partners The Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology (I-GHHE) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) along with researchers from the US, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, Norway and the Netherlands are undertaking a global survey on how people are Continue Reading