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Prof. Peter Lloyd-Sherlock

Professor of Social Policy and International Development

Peter has wide interests in the health and wellbeing of older people in low and middle-income countries.

Languages : English


Peter coordinates an informal network of academics and stakeholders interested in COVID-19 and older people in developing countries.


China's one-child policy is now a two-child policy
Los Angeles Times

October 29, 2015

"The news that China is to end its notorious one-child policy hardly comes out of the blue,” said Peter Lloyd Sherlock, a professor of social policy and international development at the University of East Anglia in England. “In reality, the policy has been phasing out over the past 15 years, with a reduction of sanctions in many parts of the country.”...

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UEA professor and his mother take on UN over ageism
Eastern Daily Press

July 12, 2015

Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, 49, and his mother Ann, 80, of Norwich, have launched a campaign against one of the goals on the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDG).Under the proposals, UN member states will be given targets to cut the number of “premature” deaths from diseases such as cancer, strokes, diabetes and dementia by one third by 2030.However because many are age-related illnesses, people who succumb from the age of 70 are not deemed to have died prematurely and so are not included in the target...

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A New U.N. Health Goal Targets Folks 69 And Under. Ageism Or Realism?

June 03, 2015

"Imagine countries that are influenced by U.N. targets — low- and middle- income countries," says Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, a professor of social policy and international development at the University of East Anglia and co-author of the letter. "They would have to take resources away from people 70 and above [to accomplish this SDG]. I just don't quite get what's going on."...

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UN health goals ageist and undermine 'health as a right for all', say experts
The Guardian

May 29, 2015

Professor Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, professor of social policy and international development at the University of East Anglia and lead author of the letter, wrote it in response to research about the UN sustainable development goals (SDG).Prof Lloyd-Sherlock said: “This premature mortality target is highly unethical, since it unjustifiably discriminates against older people and is explicitly ageist. Also, it lacks any scientific validity.”

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Elderly face NHS discrimination under new UN death targets
The Telegraph

May 29, 2015

Prof Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, professor of social policy and international development at the University of East Anglia, and lead author of the letter, said: “This premature mortality target is highly unethical, since it unjustifiably discriminates against older people.“We already know that there is age discrimination in cancer care and surgery and these targets give that the stamp of approval.“The targets are not quite set in stone yet, so we have a final opportunity to impress upon the UN the need to alter this explicitly ageist health target.“If this doesn’t happen, people aged 70 and over will become second-class citizens as far as health policy is concerned.”...

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A critical review of intervention and policy effects on the health of older people in sub-Saharan Africa

This paper provides a critical review of publications containing information about specific health effects on older adults of interventions and policies in sub-Saharan Africa. Interventions and policies fell into the following categories: testing or treating HIV, the provision of pensions, screening for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), health service financing and interventions related to visual conditions.

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Problems of Data Availability and Quality for COVID-19 and Older People in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Oxford Academic Journals

or all health conditions, reliable age-disaggregated data are vital for both epidemiological analysis and monitoring the relative prioritization of different age groups in policy responses. This is especially essential in the case of Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19), given the strong association between age and case fatality.

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Making older women visible
The Lancet

Richard Horton1 noted how the COVID-19 syndemic is increasingly promoting social division on the basis of wealth, race, and in many other ways. I would like to address this point with reference to age. COVID-19 affects all age groups in multiple ways. These effects vary according to individuals’ ages and wider circumstances, be they frail older people, children and youth in education, or workers of all ages. They are also occurring within broader crises of intergenerational justice. The notion of a modern intergenerational contract based around education, reproduction, production, and retirement was in crisis well before the syndemic hit.

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Hypertension among older adults in low-and middle-income countries: prevalence, awareness and control
International Journal of Epidemiology

2014This study uses data from the World Health Organization's Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE) to examine patterns of hypertension prevalence, awareness, treatment and control for people aged 50 years and over in China, Ghana, ...

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Non-contributory pensions and social protection
Issues in Social Protection

2002This paper considers existing non-contributory pension programmes, or more accurately cash transfers for the old, in Africa and Latin America. It evaluates their impact on poverty and vulnerability of the old, on aggregate poverty, and on household investment in ...

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Population ageing in developed and developing regions: implications for health policy
Social Science & Medicine

2000Population ageing is now recognised as a global issue of increasing importance, and has many implications for health care and other areas of social policy. However, these issues remain relatively under-researched, particularly in poorer countries, and there is a dearth of specific policy initiatives at the international level...

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Old Age and Poverty in Developing Countries: New Policy Challenges
World Development

2000Almost all developing countries are now experiencing demographic ageing. This paper examines the consequences of ageing for the poor. It assesses the extent to which the poor are participating in demographic ageing, or whether the process is largely restricted to relatively privileged groups. The paper observes that policy and research mainly focus on pensions programs, which have little relevance for most poor older people. It then describes livelihood patterns for poor elders, highlighting the importance of intergenerational exchange. Health policies are also found to largely ignore the needs of this group, and the expansion of private financing presents particular problems.

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Reforming health insurance in Argentina and Chile
Health Policy and Planning

2000The paper examines the recent reforms of health insurance in Chile and Argentina. These partially replace social health insurance with individual insurance administered through the private sector. In Chile, reforms in the early 1980s allowed private health ...

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Area of Expertise

Active Ageing



Cardiovascular Diseases

Human Rights

Integrated Health and Social Care

Public Policy






London School of Economics : Areas Studies

London School of Economics : Areas Studies

St. Annes College, Oxford University : Geography

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