Regional Meeting in Africa on Urban HEART

The WHO Kobe Centre co-hosted a meeting of seven countries from WHO’s Africa region in Ezulwini, Swaziland, on October 14-16, 2015. The seven countries included the hosts Swaziland, Algeria, Burundi, Mali, Malawi, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The main objective of the meeting was to take stock of progress made in introducing or applying Urban HEART in the field, and share information on experiences in different countries. WHO’s role was to provide further guidance and support to countries for utilising the tool in order to catalyse efforts to improving health equity in urban areas. During the meeting, participants were also taken on a field visit to experience and critique progress made with interventions based on Urban HEART in Matsapha Municipality, Swaziland.

Urban HEART is a tool developed by the WHO Kobe Centre to support cities and countries assess and respond to health inequities at the local level. The tool has been used in more than 100 cities in 53 high, middle- and low-income countries till date. This meeting was the fourth major Urban HEART workshop or consultation in 2015. Previous meetings in 2015 have been held in Kobe (Japan), Tehran (Iran), and Seoul (Republic of Korea).

13th ASEAN and Japan High Level Officials Meeting on Caring Societies: “People-centred disaster risk reduction and restoration”

22 October 2015 – The WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre/WKC) represented WHO and presented WHO strategic frameworks for disaster health risk management at the three-day 13th ASEAN and Japan High Level Officials Meeting on Caring Societies held in Kobe, Japan, 20-22 October 2015. Eleven country delegations attended with participants from health, social welfare and labour ministries, as well as WHO, ILO, ASEAN, ADB, JICA, and the Asian Disaster Risk Reduction Center.

Organized by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare annually since 2003, the meeting is recognized as a vital and effective platform to support the ASEAN plus Three (Japan, People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea) countries. The theme of this year’s meeting was “People-centred disaster risk reduction and restoration”. Mr Alex Ross, Director, WKC, delivered a composite presentation about “WHO frameworks and strategies for comprehensive disaster risk management for health security threats”.

Conclusions of the meeting, captured in a Statement, included strategic recommendations for countries to implement actions for disaster risk management for all hazards, emphasizing health, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and International Health Regulations (2005).

New WHO World Report on Ageing and Health: creating a new vision for healthy ageing

1 October 2015 – On the International Day of Older Persons, WHO released the first World Report on Ageing and Health. For the first time in history, most people can expect to live into their sixties and beyond. Yet there is little evidence to suggest that older people today are experiencing better health than previous generations at the same age. A transformation in health and long-term care systems will be required.

Innovation is at the heart of further transforming our systems and societies to respond. Universal health coverage (UHC) provides an excellent opportunity to develop health and social delivery systems to support older persons as relevant to their socio-economic and environmental contexts. The global WHO Kobe Centre’s new ten year research strategy on UHC and innovation for ageing populations is documenting social, system and technological innovations that are fit for purpose and respond to the needs of older persons and to design coordinated and integrated health and social care systems.

Many innovations and models will be highlighted at the WHO Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations, in Kobe on 7-9 October.

Second WHO Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations 7-9 October 2015, Kobe, Japan

WHO Kobe Centre

Organized by the World Health Organization Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre), the Global Forum serves as a global platform to highlight and accelerate social and technological innovations for ageing populations worldwide. Participants will connect with a diverse network of innovators in policy, research, social sector, and business who share an interest in the health and welfare of older people. The languages of the Forum are English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation.

Leaders from government, business, nonprofit, and academia will be featured in keynote and panel sessions.

This year’s theme, “IMAGINE TOMORROW”, will explore visions of transformation in communities, systems, and technologies for ageing populations worldwide.

The WHO Global Forum is a closed meeting with participants coming in by invitation only.

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