New WHO research on community-based social innovations for healthy ageing: Pre-call for Expression of Interest


20 October 2016|KOBE – The WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) announced that it has launched a large-scale research project of community-based social innovations for healthy ageing (CBSI) globally.

Partnering with RAND Europe, this new research aims at improving health and wellbeing among older people at a community level, and to guide development and implementation of various models of community-based care and support services. These are needed as many countries and communities have not yet fully planned to deliver comprehensive health/social services in support of rapidly ageing populations. Emphasis is being given to middle and high income countries.

See the LINK for interested organizations to propose CBSI case study sites.

International Day of Older Persons - 1 October

Kate Holt/ HelpAge International

The United Nations International Day of Older Persons is on October 1. In coordination with other UN partners, Member States, and NGOs, the World Health Organization will be raising awareness around population ageing, the opportunities it can bring, and the need for a global concerted effort to change policies to take advantage of increased longevity.

Challenge ageism

The theme of the International Day of Older Persons 2016 is “Take A Stand Against Ageism”. Ageism, the stereotyping and discrimination against older persons due to their age, is a serious social issue that limits opportunities and can even shorten lives. The Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health, adopted at the 69th World Health Assembly, calls on the WHO, in coordination with partners, to develop a global campaign to combat ageism.

Hyogo-Kobe GLOBAL HEALTH High School Summit Declaration

On 21 August 2016, the WHO Kobe Centre and the G7 Kobe Health Ministers' Meeting Promotion Council organized the first Hyogo-Kobe GLOBAL HEALTH High School Summit, with support from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW).

At the Summit, about 400 participants discussed how high school students can contribute to global health through research presentations by six High Schools, an expert panel discussion, and 54 poster presentations.

The Hyogo-Kobe Global Health High School declaration developed and adopted by the high school students was presented to the WHO Director General, Dr Margaret Chan, at the end of an official WHO-MHLW side event for the G7 Health Ministers meeting on 10 September 2016.

New WHO-Kobe University Research Collaboration:

07 September 2016|KOBE – The WHO Kobe Centre and Kobe University announced today that they have entered into agreement to conduct research on developing a frugal comprehensive model of early detection and management for dementia.

The WHO Kobe Centre is supporting Kobe University and key partners to conduct a three year project, with support by Kobe City, to develop and test a comprehensive model of mass screening and targeted community education leading to effective and efficient early detection and diagnosis of dementia.

Employment and Internships

Opportunities at WHO Kobe Centre

Pre-call for Expression of Interest (EOI)

Case studies in middle-income countries on community-based social innovations to support older people (CBSI)
For more details, please download Pre-call announcement (PDF)
Submission deadline
- Pre call: 4th November 2016 at 18h00 Japan time

Request for Proposals (RFP)

“Research on the development and implementation of long-term care (LTC) systems for older people, in the context of universal health coverage (UHC), in Thailand”
For more details, please download RFP (PDF)
Submission deadlines
- Intention to bid: 12 Oct 2016 at 18h00 Japan time
- Proposals: 26 Oct 2016 at 18h00 Japan time

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