PUBLICATION: Global Health Action
Kowal, P., Kahn, K., Ng, N., Naidoo, N., Abdullah, S., Bawah, A., Binka, F., Chuc, N.T., Debpuur, C., Ezeh, A., Xavier Gómez-Olivé, F., Hakimi, M., Hirve, S., Hodgson, A., Juvekar, S., Kyobutungi, C., Menken, J., Van Minh, H., Mwanyangala, M.A., Razzaque, A., Sankoh, O., Kim Streatfield, P., Wall S., Wilopo, S., Byass, P., Chatterji, S., Tollman, S.M.
Background: Globally, ageing impacts all countries, with a majority of older persons residing in lower- and
middle-income countries now and into the future. An understanding of the health and well-being of these
ageing populations is important for policy and planning; however, research on ageing and adult health that
informs policy predominantly comes from higher-income countries. A collaboration between the WHO Study
on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE) and International Network for the Demographic Evaluation of
Populations and Their Health in developing countries (INDEPTH), with support from the US National
Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS), has resulted
in valuable health, disability and well-being information through a first wave of data collection in 20062007
from field sites in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Viet Nam, Bangladesh, Indonesia and India.
Objective: To provide an overview of the demographic and health characteristics of participating countries,
describe the research collaboration and introduce the first dataset and outputs.
Methods: Data from two SAGE survey modules implemented in eight Health and Demographic Surveillance
Systems (HDSS) were merged with core HDSS data to produce a summary dataset for the site-specific and
cross-site analyses described in this supplement. Each participating HDSS site used standardised training
materials and survey instruments. Face-to-face interviews were conducted. Ethical clearance was obtained
from WHO and the local ethical authority for each participating HDSS site.
Alex joined APHRC in 1998 (then a program of the Population Council in Nairobi) as a Senior Research Fellow. In 2000, he was appointed APHRC’s Interim Director and charged with the responsibility of leading its...
Catherine holds a PhD (2006) in Epidemiology from the University of Heidelberg, and a Master of Science (2002) in Community Health and Health Management. She is the Director of Research at the African Population and Health...