A critical review of intervention and policy effects on the health of older people in sub-Saharan Africa

Lloyd-Sherlock, Peter and Amoakoh-Coleman, Mary (2020) A critical review of intervention and policy effects on the health of older people in sub-Saharan Africa. Social Science & Medicine, 250. ISSN 0277-9536

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Abstract

This paper provides a critical review of publications containing information about specific health effects on older adults of interventions and policies in sub-Saharan Africa. Interventions and policies fell into the following categories: testing or treating HIV, the provision of pensions, screening for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), health service financing and interventions related to visual conditions. The review finds that the relevant literature is very limited relative to the size of older populations in the region. Conditions of particular relevance to older adults, such as NCDs, are under-represented and most studies treat older people as a single category, typically including all adults aged 50 and over. The paper concludes that evidence about the health effects of interventions and policies on the region’s rapidly growing older populations remains minimal, and that this both reflects and reinforces a bias against older people in health policy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: interventions,older people,policies,review,sub-saharan africa,health(social science),history and philosophy of science ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3306
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 May 2020 00:03
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 23:59
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/75045
DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.112887

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