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Growing Old in EgyptThe Supply and Demand of Care for Older Persons$
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Thomas Boggatz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164552

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164552.001.0001

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Demographic Transition and Its Consequences in Egypt

Demographic Transition and Its Consequences in Egypt

(p.5) 1 Demographic Transition and Its Consequences in Egypt
Growing Old in Egypt

Thomas Boggatz

American University in Cairo Press

Health and nursing care for older persons is not a top priority in developing countries like Egypt. Health agendas typically focus on maternal and child health and the prevention of infectious diseases. Recent investigations, however, indicate a demographic transition, with much of the developing world, from India to South America, experiencing an aging population. As a consequence, the health of older persons will demand more attention in the near future. Some authors even claim a lack of appropriate health care policy in general. Assessing the current and future need for medical and nursing care is essential for appropriate planning and delivery of health care services to the older person. Based on a review of the literature, this chapter explores the present situation in Egypt. It presents up-to-date figures of the increasing number of older persons and the country's changing age-group composition, and analyzes the social consequences of these current changes.

Keywords:   nursing care, health agendas, infectious diseases, health care policy, health care services

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