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Aging and Non-Communicable Disease in Low-Income Countries: The Case of Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa
Opening conference: Centre for Global Health, FOHS-BGU

Throughout most Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), the absolute number of older persons is rising rapidly. It may come as a surprise to many, but the global majority of those over 60 are to be found in LMICs and this trend will continue over coming decades. Just as is the case for wealthier countries, such ageing populations offer an increasing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which now account for almost half of all deaths in the LMICs. Along with the aging structure populations and the adoption of a more “Western” lifestyle, both the incidence and prevalence of these NCDs (diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerotic heart, neurological disease and cancer) are on the rise. The situation observed in in the LMICs contrasts sharply with that of wealthier ones which became rich first and then aged; the LMICs are getting old quickly but are not yet economically well-endowed enough to cope with challenges of population aging.

As an example of an NCD, we will present various issues relating to cancer: the epidemiology, diagnosis, and approach to evidence-based but feasible treatment as well as the paucity of good palliative care throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Primary Sponsor: Centre for Global Health

Co-sponsors: - Medical School for International Health, FOHS
- School of Public Health, FOHS
- The Kappy and Eric Flanders National Palliative Care Resource Centre, FOHS
- The Tamar Golan Africa Centre
- Centre for Multidisciplinary Research in Aging and ILC-Israel

Oct 27, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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