Caring for Africa's Elderly

A growing elderly population in sub-Saharan Africa points to improved health care but presents a new quandary: coverage for elders.

Regional life expectancy rose by 20 years since 1960, guaranteeing a growing elderly population requiring unique care. Rural clinics and smaller providers lack resources to serve this population and referrals can mean exhausting journeys and crippling bills. Countries could augment current initiatives such as training in-home maternal health care workers to incorporate elder care or listing elders as a vulnerable population.

“The integrity of any society can be judged by how well it treats its youngest and oldest members,” says Brian Atuhaire.

Project Syndicate (Opinion)

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