Instituting Sustainable Geriatric Care in Africa: The Roles of Sociocultural Constructs

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Jude T Ssensamba
Dennis M Ssemakula
Jake MacLeod
Justine N Bukenya


The demographic shift in Africa is seeing more people make it to old age (60 years or over), a state associated with an increased risk of acquiring communicable and non-communicable diseases, and demand for specialised health care. With many African health systems still struggling with infectious diseases, inadequate funding, poor infrastructure and lack of skilled human resource for health, how best can they provide quality, sustainable geriatric care services to their ageing population? This commentary highlights “Africa’s social-cultural structure” as an opportunity health policy makers could tap into, to design patient-centred, sustainable, inexpensive, and socially acceptable geriatric interventions.

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