Aging and Development

The Life-course Perspective

As important as considering the circumstances of SSA’s current older population are efforts to invest in and optimize the future health and capacity of future cohorts of older people – i.e. today’s children, youth and younger-aged adults. We generate a fuller appreciation of the life course determinants that will shape the risk of disease and functional limitations in later life.

Current Project


Piloting the WHO Age-friendly City Indicator Guide

Program: Aging and Development

Employing secondary analysis of the Center’s NUHDSS and UPHD data and relevant qualitative evidence as well as some primary data collection the project undertook a pilot of WHO’s proposed set of core Age-friendly Cities (AFC) indicators in Korogocho and Viwandani. The project’s core objectives were to:

(a) generate a first body of data on key aspects of the ‘age-friendliness’ of older persons’ living contexts in two urban informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya

(b) bring to the fore critical areas and needs for interventions to improve structural, economic or service-related conditions for older slum dwellers, and

(c)pinpoint required adaptations to the age-friendly city indicators to optimize their feasibility and relevance in urban slum contexts.

This project was commissioned by the WHO Centre for Health Development, Kobe and aimed to pilot a proposed set of WHO core indicators for Age Friendly Cities (AFC) in Korogocho and Viwandani.



Project Period 

  • 2014 – 2015

Project Funders

  • WHO

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