Sustainable Care Co-Investigator Professor Shereen Hussein launched a network yesterday, which aims to raise awareness of ageing within the specific economic and socio-cultural structures of the Middle East and North Africa.
The new network, entitled the Middle East and North Africa Research on Healthy Ageing (MENARAH), aims to help improve the lives and wellbeing of older people and their informal carers in the region. The MENARAH team is keen to collaborate with fellow researchers and authorities, offer expert advice to stakeholders and provide a consultancy service to enable an effective response to population ageing.
The MENARAH network will become the first research group to explore healthy ageing in this region.
The network was launched through a virtual panel event on Tuesday 29 September 2020, click here to view the recording of the event on YouTube. The event showcased the work of MENARAH, and featured discussions with an international expert panel including:
Professor Shereen Hussein
Professor Hussein said: ‘The Middle East and North Africa region is set to experience a boom in its elderly population in the coming decades, so this is a vital time to raise awareness and advocate the need for further research and change to support healthy ageing. By launching the MENARAH network we are making partnership opportunities more accessible, to connect researchers, policymakers, older people and their informal carers, educators and practitioners and make a difference. We hope the visibility of the network supports bids for more research funding, to actively develop solutions.’
For the Sustainable Care programme, Shereen leads the team researching Migrant care workers in the UK. Click here to learn more about the team and their research.