WKC Forum: Creating resilient society and community for ageing populations in disaster situations, 20 February 2015

During the last 20 years since the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in Japan, a great deal of effort has been made in communities and by local and national Governments, and with the international community to prepare, respond, and recover from natural disasters. International organizations such as WHO and UNISDR, have developed specific guidance for various aspects of the disaster continuum.

Japan has the largest proportion of older adults in the world. As a result, aged populations were much more affected in the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. This has an impact on one of the biggest issues confronting communities caring for survivors that include their health, psycho-social, and physical needs.

WHO Kobe Centre will organize an open, public forum on “Creating resilient society and community for ageing populations in disaster situations” in Kobe and discuss lessons from past disasters to guide how to create a more resilient ageing society that can better prepare for future disasters and support survivors.


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