In low or middle income countries chronic diseases are rapidly becoming the main cause of disease burden. However, the main focus of health policymakers has been on preventing death from cancer and heart disease, with very little attention to the growing problem of long-term needs for care (dependence). Numbers of dependent older people are set to quadruple by 2050. The economic impact of providing long-term care is likely to be substantial.
This project brings together researchers from the Centre for Research on Ageing and also the ESRC Centre for Population Change at the University of Southampton, as well as experts from the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) in Nairobi.