Revision of Urban HEART

More than a billion people have been added to urban areas since 2000. Ninety percent of this rise has taken place in developing countries. By 2050, it is estimated that 6.4 billion people will live in urban areas with nearly 2 billion living in slums. Inequities in wealth, health, and access to resources will continue to be a key concern in urban areas.

Till date, the WHO Kobe Centre has worked with cities from 40 countries to implement the Urban Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool (Urban HEART). The Centre has also documented experiences on using Urban HEART including the recent publication of two journal papers in 2014.

At present, the Centre is focused on revising Urban HEART based on feedback from city experiences, expert recommendations, and independent evaluations. The Centre would like to invite all who have used Urban HEART in any capacity to share their ideas and suggestions for revising the tool.

WKC Forum: Innovation for Ageing Populations – Enhancing adherence: medication and nutrition
1 October 2014

In commemoration of the UN International Day of Older Persons celebrated every year on 1 October, the WHO Kobe Centre will organize an open forum on “Innovation for Ageing Populations – Enhancing adherence: medication and nutrition” in Kobe.

A patient’s therapeutic behaviours used to be judged passively based on the concept of “compliance” – how closely a patient follows the treatment prescribed by a doctor. Today, more important to supporting treatment success depends on the extent to which a person’s behaviour – taking medication, following a diet, and/or executing lifestyle changes – corresponds with agreed recommendations from a health care provider. This is the concept of “adherence”. Adherence to therapies is a primary determinant of treatment success.

In this forum, Japanese experts in the field of gerontology, medication, and nutrition, will present their work to enhance adherence which can contribute to healthy ageing.

WKC at the 12th IFA Global Conference on Ageing
10-13 June 2014, Hyderabad, India

WHO/Jostacio M. Lapitan

The 12th Global Conference on Ageing of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) on the theme “Health, Security and Community” was successfully held on 10-13 June 2014 in Hyderabad, India.

More than 300 delegates representing 49 countries participated - exploring, discussing and recommending actions on several sub-themes, inclusive of rights of older people; noncommunicable diseases; disability and ageing; quality of care and standards; income security; labour and workforce participation, age-friendly cities and communities; and innovations in care.

During the Conference, the WHO Kobe Centre organized and presented in a symposium on “Driving Innovation for Ageing Populations: Results from WHO-commissioned studies of the needs of older persons for medical and assistive devices in 8 Asian countries” on 12 June 2014. WKC Director Ross also presented on vaccine use by older populations in a plenary presentation.

WKC Forum: Innovation for Ageing Populations
– Addressing the challenges of frailty and disability –
24 June 2014

The WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) organized an open forum on “Innovation for Ageing Populations – Addressing the challenges of frailty and disability –” in Kobe on 24 June 2014. The Forum was attended by 76 participants coming from multiple sectors (i.e., hospitals/clinics, industry, research, universities, local governments, etc.).

At this forum, a WHO expert and three Japanese experts (disability; assistive technology; community-based rehabilitation; and prosthetics and orthotics education), presented their respective framework, evidence-based body of work and strategic recommendations in moving forward on addressing current and emerging frailty and disability in ageing populations through innovations in assistive technology.

The topics raised during the open forum touched on the specifics of inclusive development, team approach, health insurance and health research.

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