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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Shereen Hussein is a Health and Social Care Policy professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), United Kingdom.
Shereen Founded the MENARAH Network in 2019, through an initial grant from the Global Challenge Research Fund, UKRI. She is a medical demographer with expertise in ageing, family dynamics, migration and long-term care systems. Shereen regularly collaborates with the United Nations, the World Health Organisation and the World Bank in policy and research focused on ageing in the Middle East and North Africa Region.
Shereen received her undergraduate degree in statistics and a postgraduate degree in computer science at Cairo University. She completed an MSc in medical demography at the London School of Hygiene and a PhD in quantitative demography and population studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.