TÜSEB Health Policies Institute of Türkiye: International Health Policies Congress

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TÜSEB Turkish Institute for Health Policies (TÜSPE), Ankara, supports the Turkish government in implementing ageing and long-term care (LTC) strategies. In Türkiye, despite national and municipal efforts to make necessary services available, many individuals who need assistance to maintain their functional ability cannot receive needed quality care without a significant burden on their families or finances.

As part of developing a policy brief on integrated LTC in Turkey, TÜSEB invited professor Hussein to present evidence on the ageing structure and LTC services in Turkey. Professor Hussein draws on several studies and publications, including a recent study focused on LTC provision and funding, to present a holistic picture of Turkey’s current ageing and LTC situation. She first outlines population ageing trends in Turkey, followed by a detailed discussion on the state of older people in Turkey and the demand for LTC.

Professor Hussein provides evidence of the unmet needs, social isolation and elder mistreatment faced by many older people in Turkey. She situates these with current available LTC services and the importance of developing further adequate services. Establishing funding mechanisms are essential to be developed to finance escalating demand in the near future. She concludes by presenting recent initiatives in Turkey and the potential the MENARAH Network can play in supporting Turkey in such endeavours.

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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.