Pictures of ageing in Uganda; A partnership to explore demographics, phenotype and self perception in a community of older people

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Institute of Public Health

Abstract

People are getting older and not just in Western countries. Societal pressures from extended life expectancy are now emerging in low-income countries. We don't really know what ageing looks like in low-income countries, and many people don't know their exact age. We will work on methods to determine people's exact ages (demographic information) in a community in Uganda and build up a picture of its older people's functional and cognitive health. At the same time, we will involve the same people in a community arts project to explore their self-perception of ageing.

Ageing populations across the globe will lead to a rise in frailty, disability and dependency. Solutions to these problems must be financially, socially and environmentally sustainable to avoid prejudicing life chances of current and future populations. In addition proposed solutions must have buy-in from the older population themselves.

Through this grant we will establish an exciting multi-disciplinary partnership network of academics, artists, non-governmental and governmental organisations in Cambridge and Uganda with a community of older people in Uganda. This partnership will provide a framework to explore demographics, the healthy ageing phenotype, and self-perception using historical demography, psychology, public health epidemiology, and visual arts in order to build up a holistic picture of ageing in a community in Uganda. We will co-develop ideas with a community of older people to produce a multi-disciplinary demographic, phenotypic and functional capacity and visual representation of what ageing means to them. We hope that this forms the basis of a future research grant application.

Planned Impact

Short term impact: this grant will connect researchers in Cambridge, UK and Uganda interested in working with colleagues around the topic of ageing. They will bring experience and expertise of working in different resource settings and different disciplines, but with a shared interest in ageing. These researchers will learn from each other and share their experience and ways of working to build a combined project

Medium term impact: Senior researchers will help to train early career researchers in multidisciplinary ageing research; this will include those attending the short course. The senior researchers will help a Ugandan student to apply for a PhD under the University of Cambridge- Africa scheme, which is led by Uganda's Makerere University and seeks to support African scientists. 3 post-graduate trainees working with the project will be trained in data collection methods

We will adapt/develop survey tools that can collect data on health and demographics of older people that can be used elsewhere in Uganda or East Africa

Long term impact: The project will produce information to help Ministries of Health and Gender plan their support for older people. We aim for this partnership to be a lasting collaboration between researchers in UK and Uganda in the area of ageing working across their subjects to build up a complete picture of what it is like to be older in Uganda.

Publications

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Description We have developed a multi-disciplinary partnership of academics from UK and Cambridge, and established strong links with a community in peri-urban Uganda for research activities.
Exploitation Route NA. The work is ongoing
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Healthcare

 
Description Capacity building 1 day course in Ageing Research Methods >30 Masters students, 8 Policymakers Staff training on data collection & tools piloted 2 day course in qualitative data collection and analysis - 20 Master students attended Stakeholder and team engagement 2x one week workshops in Uganda for the multi-disciplinary teams National - Ministries of Gender & Health District level - Mayor, LCIII Academic - College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health, CEDAT Community meetings
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Healthcare
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Training in Ageing Research Methods for Ministry of Health and Gender Ageing teams
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact We held a stakeholder meeting with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Gender (which looks after older people). We introduced the study and our work. They asked for a workshop on methods and internationally recongized evaluation of Research in Older Persons. This was held by the multi-disciplinary team. It included a round table discussion on development of research priorities for the Mininstries for Older Persons.
 
Description Training on Qualitative data collection and analysis
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Study team have gained skills for analysis of qualitative data which has led to submission of an abstract to the International AIDS Society Conference 2019. 20 Masters students gained training in qualitative data collection methods and use of NVIVO software.
 
Description Global Challenges Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at Cambridge Global Challenges (CGC) conference on 27 11 18. We presented on the project progress so far. This included partnership and project development. Representatives and interested academics from around Cambridge attended
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mapping Morality in Global Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Study co-ordinator Dr Hortense Videler made a presentation at Mapping Morality in Global Health conference in Cambridge. 26th June 2018. Presented lessons learnt from first partnership meeting in Kampala Jan 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pictures of Ageing Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Alice Reid presented on the project for the Public Health at Cambridge network event on Global Health in June 2018. This was a learning day in Cambridge to foster discussion on global health issues across the entire university
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description WHO Bulletin Interview with Carol 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with Carol Brayne: a life-course approach to prevent dementia
https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/272247
WHO Bulletin Interview with Carol
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/272247