Law and Ethics of Care of Older People in the MENA region


In December 2021, MENARAH network lead, Professor Shereen Hussein, was invited by Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar’s (WCM-Q) to shed light on the ethics of long term care (LTC) in the context of the Middle East and North Africa (MENARAH) region.

The event included presentations from prominent international and regional speakers. It focused on the legal and ethical aspects of caring for older people, including those living with dementia in the MENA region.

Professor Hussein’s presentation identified and described trends and developments related to population ageing in the MENA region. She also discussed the concepts of wellbeing and healthy ageing in the MENA region. In her talk, Professor Hussein examined the opportunities and challenges to promote the wellbeing of older persons in the region (including current long term care provisions and participatory opportunities). She then concluded by discussing current policy and practice interventions to support the wellbeing of older persons that are likely to be suitable to the cultural context of MENA.

The event was well-attended by health and care professionals, regional and international experts and policy stakeholders. A questions and answers session followed each of the presentations followed by a panel discussion towards the end of the event.

Watch Professor Hussein’s lecture:

See some news’ coverage here and 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.