The International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai in collaboration with the World Health organization, Geneva is undertaking the Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE), 2007 in India. SAGE is part of global longitudinal study implemented in six countries – China, India, Ghana, Mexico, Russia and South Africa. In India, SAGE is being conducted in six states – Assam, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. SAGE will cover a sample of 10600 households across the six states.
SAGE will follow-up the same PSUs and the sample households covered across these six states in the World Health Survey (WHS), India, 2003. SAGE is expected to run for up to 10 years with follow-up waves for every two years.
The primary objective of SAGE is to assess health and well-being of the elderly persons in age 50 and above and their social determinants. SAGE aims to gather evidence base on socioeconomic background, health state description, burden of disease, health care utilization, quality of life and well-being. Besides this self-reported information based on interview, SAGE adopt improved health measurement techniques by using a range of biomarkers-blood pressure, lung-function, vision, grip strength, time walk, a battery of cognitive tests, anthropometry and blood test for anaemia, diabetes, heart disease, and Hepatitis-B.
SAGE Field work and data entry have been completed during 2007-08. Currently, data processing is underway and the report for first wave is expected to be completed by June 2010.
Funding for SAGE is being provided by the World Health Organization, Geneva and USAID, New Delhi.