New Project Featuring Japan’s Good Practice in Research-to-Action for Healthy Ageing

The World Health Organization Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre) and the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (NCGG) are pleased to announce that they will commence a collaborative research project to advance universal health coverage (UHC) and healthy ageing in Japan.

A new collaborative study will feature a good practice in research-to-action for healthy ageing in Japan – the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study (JAGES) initiative. JAGES continuously provides direct inputs to local and national decision-making bodies using evidence generated from a survey which has progressively scaled up since its inception in 1999 to include 200,000 older adults in 39 municipalities nationwide in 2016.

New WHO Kobe-Kanagawa Collaboration on UHC Leadership Programme

WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) announced today a joint collaboration with Kanagawa prefecture on a new collaboration towards a Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Leadership Programme. The organizations will jointly host and organize a “Policy Discussion Meeting on UHC and Population Ageing: Leading Health Reforms in the 21st Century for Universal Health Coverage (UHC), Ageing and Health Systems in ASEAN countries” on 17 and 18 July in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.
The new programme, “Policy Discussion Meeting on UHC and Population Ageing: Leading Health Reforms in the 21st Century Universal Health Coverage (UHC), Ageing and Health Systems in ASEAN countries” will hold technical delegations among ASEAN countries. The technical focus of the discussions will be on mainly UHC and rapid ageing in the Asian region.

Request for proposals:
Review of service delivery models for older people that maximize quality of life

WHO /Christopher Black

Health systems aim to reduce mortality and prolong life, which may not be appropriate for end-of-life care. During the last years of life, health needs are often interlinked with social needs. Thus, maintaining functional ability and improved quality of life become the most important goals.
WHO Kobe Centre invites proposals for a rapid review of service delivery models that are fit for older people at the end-of-life. This research will document and evaluate delivery models for quality of life and costs, and provide an analysis of knowledge gaps.

Submission deadline: 31 August 2017, 23:00 Japan time

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On 1 July 2017, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus begins his 5-year term as WHO’s new Director-General. Dr Tedros previously served as Minister of Health and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia and as Board Chair of the Global Fund and Roll Back Malaria Partnership. Dr Tedros plans to focus on five main areas of work during his tenure. They are: achieving universal health coverage; strengthening the capacity of national authorities and local communities to detect, prevent and manage health emergencies; improving the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents; addressing the health impacts of climate and environmental change; and building a transformed, transparent and accountable WHO.

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