World Health Day 2014:
Protect yourself from vector-borne diseases

On World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April every year, the World Health Organization draws attention to a public health problem of global proportions and what needs to be done to address it. The date of 7 April marks the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948.

The theme for World Health Day 2014 is vector-borne diseases.

More than half the world’s population is at risk of these diseases, which include malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis and yellow fever. The poorest people in the world are the most affected. However, environmental change and the rapid and increased movement of people and goods around the world means that the risks are now much more widespread. The World Health Day 2014 campaign focuses on vectors, the diseases they cause and simple precautions we can all take to protect ourselves and our families.

WKC Forum: Innovation for Healthy Ageing
– Examples of current trends in research –
5 March 2014

WHO Kobe Centre

WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre - WKC) held the first WKC Forum of the 2014 calendar year on one of its core programmatic themes: Innovations for Healthy Ageing.

More than 70 participants were in attendance to learn about the latest research in three key areas of Japanese innovation for ageing populations, including academics and students, researchers, health practitioners, local government, industry, media, and private citizens of Hyogo prefecture.

This WKC Forum followed the Global Forum on Innovations for Ageing Populations, held in Kobe in December 2013, and presented the opportunity to dive deeper into discussion on innovations in pharmaceuticals, robotics and e-health, and falls prevention.

Expert review of Urban HEART

Over the past decade WHO Kobe Centre has supported city and national officials in their efforts to tackle health inequities. The Urban Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool (Urban HEART), since 2008, has provided a step-by-step guidance to local officials and communities to collectively analyse and act on inequities.

Urban HEART has been used in 50 cities from 35 countries by 2013. Users and experts have provided substantial feedback on how to improve the tool. Therefore, in November 2013, WHO Kobe Centre convened an expert meeting of academics, policy makers and international organizations in Kobe to deliberate on key areas of guidance in Urban HEART where users can be better supported.

Experts have provided specific advice to WHO on how to scale-up the use of Urban HEART and mainstream its use in city planning. The meeting report details the expert deliberations on revising Urban HEART.

WHO Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations
10-12 December 2013, Kobe, Japan

The WHO Kobe Centre organized the WHO Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations in Kobe, from 10 to 12 December 2013.

A total of 172 participants from 21 countries attended the Global Forum, including representatives from governments, private healthcare sectors, non-profit organizations, research labs and academic institutions, as well as international organizations such as the OECD and the World Bank. During the Forum, a wide variety of stakeholders addressed the current needs for technological and social innovation to support healthy ageing.

The conclusions of the meeting will allow WHO and the WHO Kobe Centre to articulate their research agenda and policy guidance with current and future global public health trends pertaining to social and technological innovation for ageing.

About WHO Kobe Centre

The WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre) conducts research on the consequences of social, economic, and environmental change and its implications for health policies.

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