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1st Submission Idea

Sustain investments by promoting healthy aging in Africa

Initiatives that attract investors to start huge and long lasting projects usually target Africa as the source of manpower and consumers for their products and interventions. There is no physiological data on health span of human beings especially those predicting how long the young population in Africa could live healthy lives. This data is critical in predicting return on investments and can only be collected by building a database of normal values of different physiologic parameters that are critical for normal body functioning. The functional capacity of an older person will depend on the investments that the person makes earlier in life. These data from young people currently living in Africa can be used to forecast longevity of life and factors likely to promote healthy aging. It is critical therefore to build a repository of parameters for healthy aging especially in communities with documented prowess in athletics, marathon and other attributes of resilience in settings with limited resources

How could digital technologies provide a solution to this challenge?

Artificial Intelligence can be used to collect, archive and analyse these data to provide physiologic predictors of healthy aging in Africa. The broad based pyramid in the African population suggest more older persons living beyond 2050. AI can be used to forecast the number of older person and their health status to allow for sustainable investments to promote healthy aging and prevent early death. These data will also be used to predict the health outcomes based on healthy aging physiology 

edited on 31st January 2019, 19:01 by Teresa Kinyari

Charles Clerck 2 weeks ago

Teresa, have you seen these other posts along similar lines?
Digital Innovations for Improvement in Health Outcomes -
Women and Explainable AI: New Datafication Literacies -
One Health approach for sustainable health -

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Teresa Kinyari 2 weeks ago

Thanks Charles for alerting me on this. I had seen and commented on Biodun's before I wrote mine and I have read and commented on Terrie's and Habtamu's

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Josephine Muchogu 2 weeks ago

Hi Teresa,
This is so timely.
Currently, Kenya's youthful population (below 35 years of age) stands at about 75% (I have seen some data that places it as high as 80%).
I think that it can greatly inform the physical and social infrastructure that governments may need to invest in to support an aging population.

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Teresa Kinyari 1 week ago

Thank you Josephine. This is the reason why we need to collect these data now is to reduce redundancies and maximize efficiency in resource allocation. In 2017 WHO reclassified the age of young people to below 65. This is a clearly physiological classification whose parameters need documentation for use

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lauren clarke 2 weeks ago

Status label added: 1st Submission Idea

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