Ghana Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health 2007-2008, Wave 1

Short Name: 
GHA 2007 SAGE 

The multi-country Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE) is run by the World Health Organization's Multi-Country Studies unit in the Innovation, Information, Evidence and Research Cluster. SAGE is part of the unit's Longitudinal Study Programme which is compiling longitudinal data on the health and well-being of adult populations, and the ageing process, through primary data collection and secondary data analysis. SAGE baseline data (Wave 0, 2002/3) was collected as part of WHO's World Health Survey (WHS). SAGE Wave 1 (2007/10) provides a comprehensive data set on the health and well-being of adults in six low and middle-income countries: China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russian Federation and South Africa.


To obtain reliable, valid and comparable health, health-related and well-being data over a range of key domains for adult and older adult populations in nationally representative samples

To examine patterns and dynamics of age-related changes in health and well-being using longitudinal follow-up of a cohort as they age, and to investigate socio-economic consequences of these health changes

To supplement and cross-validate self-reported measures of health and the anchoring vignette approach to improving comparability of self-reported measures, through measured performance tests for selected health domains

To collect health examination and biomarker data that improves reliability of morbidity and risk factor data and to objectively monitor the effect of interventions

Additional Objectives:

To generate large cohorts of older adult populations and comparison cohorts of younger populations for following-up intermediate outcomes, monitoring trends, examining transitions and life events, and addressing relationships between determinants and health, well-being and health-related outcomes

To develop a mechanism to link survey data to demographic surveillance site data

To build linkages with other national and multi-country ageing studies

To improve the methodologies to enhance the reliability and validity of health outcomes and determinants data

To provide a public-access information base to engage all stakeholders, including national policy makers and health systems planners, in planning and decision-making processes about the health and well-being of older adults 

Questionnaires and a Stata help file for the Ghana SAGE are available here.

Data is available here through the WHO.

Source / Citation: 
"This paper uses data from the WHO Study on Global AGEing and Adult Health (SAGE)." 
First released on: 
11 Nov, 2011 
Last version on: 
11 Nov, 2011 
Use Policy: 
May not be distributed to non AGRODEP Network Members. 
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Data for this survey is available for download through the WHO. Users must register here prior to data access.