Child Health and Mortality in sub-Saharan Africa

Trends, causes, and forecasts

Yohannes KINFU, Collins Opiyo, M Wamukoya

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Abstract

African governments should respond appropriately to the growing elderly
populations by ensuring that policies are developed or reviewed to enable individuals to adjust their behavior in the face of population aging. Old-age pension systems need to be flexible to allow individuals to reap their retirement packages and at the same time work in their old age. Governments should also institute laws against age discrimination by employers. It is apparent that the changing economy in many countries is generating demands for skills that may not be possessed by the old. However, there is a need to balance resources that will address the needs of the elderly against those aimed at addressing Africa's high unemployment, especially among the youth. More important, African governments should start recognizing the challenges of the increased elderly population and start calling for discussions of appropriate responses to the needs of the elderly based on the socioeconomic environment and dynamics of each country.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContinuity and change in sub-saharan African Demography
EditorsClifford O Odimegwu, John Kekovole
Place of PublicationNew York, USA
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter4
Pages60-77
Number of pages18
Volume17
ISBN (Electronic)9781315879444
ISBN (Print)9780415711944
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge African Studies
PublisherRoutledge
Volume17

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KINFU, Y., Opiyo, C., & Wamukoya, M. (2014). Child Health and Mortality in sub-Saharan Africa: Trends, causes, and forecasts. In C. O. Odimegwu, & J. Kekovole (Eds.), Continuity and change in sub-saharan African Demography (Vol. 17, pp. 60-77). (Routledge African Studies; Vol. 17). New York, USA: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315879444