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Population ageing in Sub-Saharan Africa 

Population ageing in Sub-Saharan Africa
Population ageing in Sub-Saharan Africa

Bilkish Cassim

and Isabella Aboderin

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date: 23 May 2022

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the youngest and poorest region of the world, is facing an incipient ageing of its population. Its already considerable and rising population of older adults is exposed to a triple burden of disease from persisting communicable and rising non-communicable diseases (NCDs), as well as trauma and injury, while at the same time it lacks access to requisite care. Challenges in addressing this gap include pervasive economic strain and underresourced health systems with competing priorities, as well as insufficient robust data on the patterns of ill health, disability, and care access in older age. Strategies for, and action on adapting SSA’s health and care systems to its ageing populations are urgently needed, and may be forged within the context of a World Health Organization (WHO) decade on healthy ageing 2020–2030.

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