Older Adult Health and Ageing in Africa
Information Needs for Research, Policy and Action on Ageing and Older Persons in sub-Saharan Africa: the Minimum Data Set Project.
The Minimum Data Set Project consisted of:
- Directory of Research on Adult Health and Ageing in Africa: 1995-2003;
- Minimum Data Set (MDS) Version 1.0; and,
- Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health.
The goals of the project were to use existing data and research to address data gaps - particularly adult morbidity and mortality data - to collate and disseminate information on ageing and adult health for decision making, and to link to national and cross-national data collection efforts.
The MDS Project is funded by the U.S. National Institute on Aging.
Directory of Research on Adult Health and Ageing in Africa: 1995-2003
We profiled research on ageing and adult health in Africa.
Please contribute to the Directory by submitting a summary of your current/ongoing research by clicking on the menu item to download the brief submission form in the following languages:
Minimum Data Set (MDS) on Ageing, Version 1.0
The MDS collated available health and health-related data into indicators and information needed for research, policy and action. The MDS Version 1.0 is a set of health and health-related indicators specifically focused on the physical, psychological, social and economic well-being of older persons. These indicators can be used at country level and for larger initiatives, such as the Millennium Development Goals, to meet health and development goals and targets.
The Definition of old age
The definition of old age: What is the lower age limit beyond which defines old age? We offer a working definition for the project agreed upon at the 2001 Dar es Salaam MDS Meeting of key stakeholders..
MDS Project Reports
Creating a minimum data set on ageing in sub-Saharan Africa
A Minimum Data Set on Ageing and Older Persons in Sub-Saharan Africa: Process and Outcome
Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health
A longitudinal, household health survey, implemented in 23 countries to improve our empirical understanding of the ageing process and the health and well-being of older persons. Data gaps identified through the process of developing the MDS Version 1.0 will be filled through survey and surveillance site data.