Ageing Perceptions and Healthy Ageing in the MENA Region


Professor Shereen Hussein talks to the International Federation on Ageing about the unique features of ageing in the Middle East and North Africa region. She highlights the parallel shifts towards higher prevalence of older people, the window of opportunities associated with large cohorts of working age groups and the changes in the family structures and migration. One of the key points she highlights is the lack of preparedness to ageing not only from a policy and infrastructure perspective but also at the social and normative level. She argues that the meaning of ageing and the expected contribution of older people within the society need to be challenged at the individual, family and state levels.

Watch extracts from Professor Hussein’s conversation at the Global Café, organised by the International Federation on Ageing.

To see Professor Hussein’s full video at the event click here.

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Professor of Health and Social Care Policy, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Shereen Hussein is a Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at the Department of Health Services Research and Policy (HSRP) at the LSHTM. She is a Co-Director of the PRUComm policy research unit. She is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Kent and King’s College London in the UK and the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.

Shereen is a demographer with expertise in labour-migration, sociology and economics. Her primary research revolves around ageing, family dynamics, migration and long-term care. Shereen has previously worked with the United Nations, the Population Council, the World Bank, and the League of Arab States. Her current research focuses on ageing demographics, long term care demand and migration within the UK and Europe and the implications on policy and practice.

Shereen has conducted extensive research on population ageing and its impact on long term care and health policy and practices in the UK, internationally and in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She has contributed to recent United Nations’ policy response to ageing in the region through collaboration with UN-ESCWA and directly providing expert consultations to several countries in the region including Turkey, Oman and Egypt. Shereen leads many large research projects on ageing and long-term care in the UK and contributes to a large project addressing responses to dementia in developing countries STRiDE. Shereen is the founder and lead of the MENARAH network.