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Challenges of Aging in a Developing Nation: “Old age is like the sunset: It brings disrespect and challenges”
March 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Room 548
People worldwide are living longer. Population aging hass important implications for the older people’s social protection. Sweeping social and demographic changes in developing countries such as Ethiopia raise many questions related to the well-being of elders. This talk will include contents in relation to:
– Aging in Ethiopia in the absence of social welfare or public pensions.
– Status of Research on Family and Kin Care in sub-Saharan Africa
– Emerging Models of Care
Dr. Messay Gebremariam Kotecho is an assistant professor of Social Work and Social Development at Addis Ababa University (AAU). He has more than ten years of experience in teaching, research, community services, and consultancy experiences in Ethiopia on different issues including older people. He was the former director for the Office of HIV Prevention and Control, AAU for three years and six months (December 2015 to May 2019). He is a research associate at the University of Johannesburg as of November 2018. He was a short-term scholar at the School of Social Work, Indiana University, USA from February, 2019 to April, 2019. He has travelled, has attended and presented a number of papers in Africa (Kenya, South Africa and Cameroon), Asia (China and South Korea), Turkey, Europe (Sweden), Australia and the United States. His research interest includes elders’ well-being, female care-leavers, migration, and etc and he has also a number of publications on the aforementioned areas.