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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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.