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[Correspondence] Frailty in sub-Saharan Africa

Most high-income countries are called to urgently adapt their health-care systems to meet the new challenges arising from their ageing populations. Models of health-care services aimed at preventing age-related disabling disorders (including the design of screening and assessment instruments) are largely from high-income countries. Little consideration has been given to ageing and its resulting effects in low-income and middle-income regions. This absence of interest for the effects of ageing in low-income regions is worrying because these areas are not only highly populated (especially in absolute numbers), but also have the same demographic trends that characterise high-income countries.

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