The importance of data, quality indicators and systems: Messages to the MENA region when setting long-term care policies


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 Angelo Rossi Mori, they highlight the importance of research, data, technology and quality indicators as core elements when developing long-term care policies in the MENA region. They highlight the importance of policy and research to work together to develop effective and equitable long-term care systems.

Watch the interview with Fabrizio Pecoraro, Researcher at the National Research Council, Rome, Italy.

Watch the interview with Daniela Luzi, Researcher at the National Research Council, Rome, Italy.

Watch the interview with Angelo Rossi Mori, Researcher at the National Research Council, Rome, Italy.

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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.

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National Research Council, Rome, Italy

Angelo Rossi Mori is an associated researcher at Institute for Population and Social Policies (IRPPS) of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), the body in charge of applied and basic research according to the policies of the Italian government. His research is focused on methodologies about design principles and evaluation of technology-enhanced health policies at National or Regional levels, to support a disruptive innovation of the health sectors.

His research experience concerns the Integration of Social and Health Care, Chronic Disease Management, Value-based Care, eHealth Roadmaps, Personal Health Records, the semantics of clinical terminologies, in collaboration with the two Federations of Local and Hospital Health Authorities (FIASO and Federsanità ANCI) and the Italian “Home and Digital Care” Association of manufacturing and service companies.

He assisted the Health Regional Authorities of Sicilia, Campania, Calabria on a sustainable approach to eHealth and modern telemedicine and is the coordinator of the Area for models in the Action Group B3 on “Integrated Care” of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIPonAHA). He has participated in several EU Projects (including GALEN, KAVAS, IREP, C-CARE, PROREC, EHR-Q-TN, eHealth ERA, RIDE, ANCIEN, STOPandGO); he helped to create CEN/TC251 and ISO/TC215 on standards for health informatics; in HL7 he was a member of the Technical Steering Committee and the chair of Templates SIG.