Oct. 27, 2021

A Zoom Conference

​Aging and Non-Communicable Disease in Low-Income Countries: The Case of Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa​

A Zoom conference co-sponsored by the Centre for Global Health, the Medical School for International Health, the School of Public Health, the Kappy and Eric Flanders National Palliative Care Resource Centre, the Tamar Golan Africa Centre and the Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Aging and ILC-Israel

Faculty of Health Sciences, BGU Wednesday, October 27th, 2021
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. IST
12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST

Throughout most Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), the absolute number of older persons is rising rapidly. The global majority of those over 60 are to be found in LMICs and this trend will continue over the coming decades. Aging populations offer an increasing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which now account for almost half of all deaths in the LMICs.

Both the incidence and prevalence of these NCDs (diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerotic heart, neurological disease, and cancer) are on the rise.

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).