On the 23rd of September 2022, Professor Hussein was invited by the International Federation on Ageing to talk about healthy ageing in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Shereen gave an overview of the trends of population ageing in the region, highlighting the opportunities associated with such changes. She stressed the importance of shifting the perceptions of ageing and creating real opportunities for older people to participate in all aspects of society beyond the family sphere. She also discussed economic and labour market opportunities associated with retaining older people economically active as long as they wish to, as well as emerging long-term care markets. The latter is forecasted to create significant labour participation opportunities for younger people, particularly younger women who have lower labour market participation rates in the region.

Watch the full video of the conversation with Professor Hussein at the IFA Global Café 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.