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Demographic Transition and Its Consequences in Egypt

Thomas Boggatz

in Growing Old in Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9789774164552
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970412 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774164552.003.0002
Demographic Transition and Its Consequences in Egypt

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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

Chapter.  3350 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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