In commemoration of the International Day of Older Persons 2021, INIA in collaboration with the Middle East Academy for Medicine of Ageing (MEAMA), launched the publication Population Ageing in the Middle East and North Africa – Research and Policy Implications. This publication is considered a landmark achievement in a much-needed field. The ageing tsunami is underway but Arab countries are at a different stage of population ageing and they experience simultaneously population growth. Although the rate of ageing will be considerable by 2050, Middle Eastern and North African countries will become “aged countries” at a significantly faster rate than did most developed countries in the past century.
Population Ageing in the Middle East and North Africa, indeed, paves the way for the future decisions that lie ahead. It relies on many scientific collaborators who have joined MEAMA over the last decade and the readers will be impressed by the wealth of updated information and the richness of data being presented in table and illustrations. Population Ageing in the Middle East and North Africa constitutes another milestone for the ongoing collaborative engagement between INIA and MEAMA.
The launch of this publication, edited by Prof Marvin Formosa and Dr Abdulrazak Abyad, was chaired by Prof. Faisal Alnasir (Bahrain). Discussants included Dr Hadeel Saleh Al Othman (Kuwait) & Mr Ziad El Ibrik (Lebanon).