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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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,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3306
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Life Course, Migration and Wellbeing
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Health and Disease
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 May 2020 00:03
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 05:53
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/75045
DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.112887

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