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  • World Diabetes Day, 14 November
    World Diabetes Day, celebrated annually on 14 November, is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign and draws attention to issues of diabetes in order to keep diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.

    The theme of World Diabetes Day 2017 is Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future. This theme emphasizes the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk of or living with diabetes to essential medicines and technologies. It highlights special concern on pregnant women who require adequate access to screening, care and education to achieve positive health outcomes for both the mother and child. The theme also encourages women and girls to lead healthy lifestyles to improve the health and wellbeing of future generations.
  • Consultation on community-based social innovations for healthy ageing (CBSI)
    From 17 to 18 October 2017, 18 experts and researchers were convened to participate in a consultation on community-based social innovations (CBSIs) for healthy ageing. The research on CBSIs had as its starting point the key question of how older people can become a resource for themselves and their peers. This research also explored links these people had with local health and care systems.

    WKC’s research project on CBSIs started in 2014. The consultation this past October is a key milestone in the second phase of the research, which was implemented by RAND Europe with the support of local partners in several countries.

    The goals of the consultation were to review preliminary findings from a systematic review conducted on CBSIs in middle- and high-income countries in order to establish a proposed typology for CBSIs and to articulate CBSIs within the health and social systems of the respective countries.
  • WKC Forum – “Think about Health For All with the WHO Kobe Centre”
    In commemoration of the establishment of “Health Innovation City Kobe,” on September 23, WHO Kobe Centre held a joint WKC Forum with Kobe City entitled, “Think about Health For All with the WHO Kobe Center.” This forum was held in the Kobe Port Pia Hotel, and drew the attendance of approximately 150 members of the general public. Dr Sarah Louise Barber, Director of WHO Kobe Centre gave a presentation entitled, “WKC’s New Research – UHC, Innovations, and Aging.” Followed by Dr Ryoma Kayano, Technical Officer at WHO Kobe Centre, he gave a presentation on the topic of the “Kobe Dementia Study.”
  • WKC Forum: 23 September 2017
    “Think about Health For All with the WHO Kobe Centre”

    WKC and Kobe city are jointly organizing an open public forum on September 23, 2017, at Kobe Port Pia hotel. Dr Sarah Louise Barber, Director, and Dr Ryoma Kayano, Technical Officer, WHO Kobe Centre, will talk about WKC’s new programs of research.
  • WKC Forum “Role of Assistive Technology in Rapid Ageing in Asia and the World”
    Assistive Technologies are an important support for ageing populations in Asia and the rest of the world. They allow disabled and non-disabled ageing people to engage in activities that are meaningful or simply necessary for them to stay healthy and socially included.

    The WHO Centre for Health Development (WKC) in cooperation with i-CREATe 2017, and the 32th Japanese Conference on the Advancement of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology in KOBE, organized a WKC Forum on the Role of Assistive Technology in Rapid Ageing in Asia and the World, on Thursday, 24 August 2017 at the Kobe International Conference Center.
  • WKC Forum“Role of Assistive Technology in Rapid Ageing in Asia and the World”
    The WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre) is organizing an open public Forum “Role of Assistive Technology in Rapid Ageing in Asia and the World” on 24 August, 2017 at the Kobe International Conference Center.

    The 11th International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (i-CREATe 2017) to be held on August 22–24, 2017 in Kobe. The i-CREATe will be featuring innovative technology, equipment, applications, techniques and materials applied in the field of Assistive & Rehabilitative Technology. It is also a stage for technical exchanges to share ideas and best practices in the disabilities field from across the countries.

    Taking this great opportunity, WKC will organize a half-day WKC forum.
  • Meeting the health, welfare and social care needs of older people in low and middle income countries
    Inviting empirical research on innovations in meeting the health, welfare and social needs of older populations in low and middle income countries, and relevant research from high-income countries that is transferable across settings (with use of technology as a particular cross-cutting theme).
  • Research to accelerate Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in light of population ageing in ASEAN Countries
    ASEAN Japan Health Ministers Meeting was held in Tokyo on 15 July, 2017, hosted and organized by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan in collaboration with WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre) and ASEAN Secretariat. A joint statement was adopted at the end of the Meeting including support for ASEAN-Japan UHC Initiative.

    The initiative outlines a role for WHO Kobe Centre for leading research on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Population Ageing among ASEAN countries. WHO Kobe Centre is therefore pleased to launch a new research program to enable continued ASEAN-Japan collaboration in its “Call for Letters-of-Intent (LOI) - Research to accelerate Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in light of population ageing in ASEAN Countries”. We welcome proposals from academia in ASEAN nations.

    Submission deadline: 15 September 2017, 17:00 JST
  • “Kobe Model” of Early Detection and Management for Dementia
    WHO Kobe Centre and Kobe University announced that the research protocols of “An Implementation Research Study in Kobe Municipality, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, for Strategy Proposal to Reduce the Social Burden of Dementia” have been reviewed and approved by the WHO Research Ethics Review Committee and other local committees, and the research process will start on August 1.
  • ASEAN-Japan Research Initiative UHC and Ageing
    The Policy Discussion in Yokohama City, Japan, took place from 17-18 July 2017, and focused on Leading Health Reforms in the 21st Century - Universal Health Coverage (UHC), Ageing and Health Systems. It was organized jointly by the WHO Kobe Center and Kanagawa Prefecture Government, with the support of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and the ASEAN Secretariat.

    It was attended by senior government officials from all ASEAN Countries and immediately followed the ASEAN-Japan Health Ministers Meeting on Universal Health Coverage and Ageing Populations in Tokyo, 14-15 July 2017.
  • 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 between the WHO Kobe Centre and the NCGG 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
  • Request for proposals
    Review of service delivery models for older people that maximize quality of life

    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
  • Together for a healthier world
    Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

    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.
  • Join the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC)
    An age-friendly city or community is a place where people want to grow older, and which fosters healthy and active ageing.

    The vision of the GNAFCC is that every city and community strives to become increasingly age friendly. Creating age-friendly environments requires a process across the life course that progressively improves the fit between people’s needs and the environments in which they live.

    GNAFCC now has new membership documents. The document is available in English, Spanish, and Japanese.
  • Dementia has gained international attention through a Global Action Plan
    On 29th May 2017, the 70th World Health Assembly convened in Geneva, Switzerland, endorsed a “Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia, 2017-2025” and committed to developing national strategies and implementation plans. This action plan will support ongoing and future plans for public health programmes on dementia in Japan and other countries undergoing rapid population ageing. The WHO Kobe Centre is currently collaborating with the University of Kobe on a major research study on the early detection and intervention for older people at risk of dementia.
  • Tobacco – a threat to development
    The theme for World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2017, is "Tobacco – a threat to development." It will propose measures that governments and the public should take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.

    It is not only governments who can step up tobacco control efforts: people can contribute on an individual level to making a sustainable, tobacco-free world. People can commit to never take up tobacco products. Those who do use tobacco can quit the habit, or seek help in doing so, which will in turn protect their health as well as people exposed to second-hand smoke, including children, other family members and friends.
  • Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus elected WHO Director-General
    23 May 2017 – the Member States of WHO elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will succeed Dr Margaret Chan, who has been WHO’s Director-General since 1 January 2007.
  • Japan has the highest life expectancy
    - the World Health Statistics 2017 report

    Japan’s average life expectancy at birth is still the highest in the world, with 83.7 years, according to the World Health Statistics 2017 report, released by WHO on May 17th.

    This average, however, reveals clear gender differences with 6 years difference in life expectancy at birth between women and men. Women in Japan enjoy 86.8 years life expectancy at birth, putting them at the first rank among all WHO member states. Japanese men in the other end, with an average life expectancy of 80.5 years at par with men in Italy, lag behind Switzerland (81.3 years), Iceland (81.2 years), Australia (80.9 years), Sweden (80.7 years) and Israel (80.6 years).

    More information can be found in The World Health Statistics, one of WHO’s annual flagship publications, that compiles data from the organization’s 194 Member States on 21 health-related SDG targets, and provides a snapshot of both gains and threats to the health of the world’s people.
  • Special Hyogo Prefecture Award Given to Former WKC Director Alex Ross
    17 May 2017 - Today, Alex Ross, Director of the WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) from 2011 to 1 May 2017, was awarded with the annual 2017 “Hyogo Prefecture Award for Contribution to International Cooperation” for efforts benefitting the citizens of Hyogo.

    This is the first time a WKC official has received this award. Mr Ross said “I am deeply honoured and thankful to Governor Ido and Hyogo Prefecture for this Award, and their longstanding support of the WHO Kobe Centre. I accept it recognizing the efforts and dedication of all of the Centre’s staff to advance global health and to translate lessons for and from Hyogo Prefecture to the world.” Hyogo and Kobe are global leaders in innovations for supporting older populations, sustainable health systems and emergency preparedness.
  • Dr Sarah Louise Barber appointed as new Director for the WHO Kobe Centre
    The World Health Organization (WHO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Sarah Louise Barber as the new Director of the WHO Centre for Health Development in Kobe, Japan (WKC). She will lead the Centre’s global research on policies to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) and advance innovation, particularly to address the needs of older people. Dr Barber will take over on May 1st from Mr Alex Ross, who led the Centre from October 2011.
  • WHO Deputy Director General Visits Kobe, the WHO Kobe Centre, and Japan
    On 6 April 2017, WHO Deputy Director General, Dr Asamoa-Baah, conducted his first official visit to Kobe, including to Governor Toshizo Ido, Hyogo Prefecture, to Vice Mayor Toshiro Tamada, Kobe City, and to the WHO Kobe Centre (WKC).

    Dr Asamoa-Baah, accompanied by Alex Ross, Director, WKC, thanked Governor Ido and Vice-Mayor Tamada, the citizens of Kobe, and the Kobe Group’s generous support to WKC since 1996. He praised Governor Ido for his leadership over the past 16 years and his many accomplishments ensuring the health and safety of Hyogo’s citizens.
  • Depression: Let’s talk
    World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April every year marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization. The theme of the 2017 World Health Day campaign is depression.

    Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. Yet, depression can be prevented and treated. A better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help.
  • “WHO/WKC Launches New Research Initiative for UHC and Ageing Populations: Lessons from Japan”
    The WHO Kobe Centre has issued a Call for “Implementation research proposals for health systems development and public health interventions for ageing populations towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC): Lessons from Japan.” This Call covers five major domains of WKC’s 10 year Strategy, 2016-2026, and aims at attracting high quality implementation and health systems research projects, targeting Japanese universities/research institutions, with preference for those in the Kansai region. The research portfolio will be established based on a rigorous scientific peer review process.

    Scientific evidence for public health policy and practice is much needed to support countries in their ambition to attain Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030. Much can be learned from Japan’s health system which attained UHC in 1961 and its leading efforts to support ageing populations. WKC is currently supporting research in Japan on dementia and for measurement of ageing-related interventions.

    WHO looks forward to attracting interest and proposals from Japan-based institutions.
  • “What can we, high school students, do for the ageing world?”
    Kobe/Hyogo High School Forum: “Youth Meeting the World”

    On 11 February 11 2017, the WHO Kobe Centre and the G7 Kobe Health Ministers' Meeting Promotion Council, along with the Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education and Osaka University, organized a large meeting of Kobe and Hyogo Prefecture High School students exploring global health: “Kobe/Hyogo Youth Meeting the World” at the Kobe International Exhibition Hall. This event follows up to the 2016 G7 Health Ministers’ meeting held in Kobe. About 600 participated, mainly from high schools in Hyogo prefecture.
  • “Kobe/Hyogo Youth Meeting the World”
    - Commemorating the 2016 G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting held in Kobe

    The WHO Kobe Centre and the G7 Kobe Health Ministers' Meeting Promotion Council are organizing a large meeting of Kobe and Hyogo Prefecture High School students exploring global health: “Kobe/Hyogo Youth Meeting the World” at the Kobe International Exhibition Hall on February 11, 2017. This event commemorates the 2016 G7 Health Ministers’ meeting held in Kobe.

    During the full-day programme, about 500 high school students in Hyogo-Kobe will experience a wide variety of learning opportunities in order to be effective ambassadors and international citizens
  • WHO's Year in Review for 2016
    2016 has been a turbulent year, in which WHO has tackled disease outbreaks and humanitarian crises and championed efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance and move towards universal health coverage. It has helped countries eliminate infectious diseases and implement programmes to beat cancer, diabetes and other noncommunicable diseases.

    It was also a special year for Japan and its leadership on global health, and for WKC. The G7 Ise-Shima Summit and Vision for Global Health; the G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting in Kobe; and the sixth TICAD meeting in Africa all provided momentum for UHC, for paying special attention to the needs of ageing populations, and for ensuring global health security. WKC launched its new 10 year strategy ( 2016-2026), major new research, and organized key WHO-MHLW side meetings to the G7 Health Ministers meeting and for the G7 Summit preparation.
  • Dr Halfdan T. Mahler, WHO’s third Director-General, dies at 93
    WHO is saddened by the death of Dr Halfdan T. Mahler on 14 December 2016. Dr Mahler served as Director-General of WHO from 1973-1988.

    As WHO's third Director-General, Dr Mahler will be remembered as a champion for primary care. He played a key leadership role shaping the 1978 Alma Ata Declaration that defined the Health for All by the Year 2000 strategy. Even after retiring from WHO in 1988, Dr Mahler cheered the Organization’s progress as it expanded its work in primary care. He will be deeply missed by the global health community.
  • Act with Ambition: Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day 2016
    UHC means that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. On 12 December 2016, for the UHC Day, WHO and partners will demand political action from leaders to invest in policies and health systems that reach every person and community based on need, and not ability to pay.
  • World Antibiotic Awareness Week
    This year, World Antibiotic Awareness Week will be held from 14 to 20 November 2016. The campaign aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, policy-makers and the agriculture sector to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.
  • Research on community-based social innovations for healthy ageing: Call for Expression of Interest
    7 November 2016 | KOBE – The WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) has launched a research project on community-based social innovations for healthy ageing (CBSI). Partnering with RAND Europe, this new research aims at improving health and well-being 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. WHO and RAND Europe will conduct a systematic review and case studies of up to ten middle-income countries across the world. Primary data collection in selected case studies will provide evidence about CBSIs, including how they operate, link to other health and social care services, and what benefits they bring for participants.
  • Developing the new International Classification of Diseases (ICD), 11th Edition
    Japan hosted two major meetings in Tokyo on 12 to 15 October 2016: a) Tokyo conference on the 11th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, or ICD-11, and b) a meeting of the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) Network. At the ICD 11 Revision Conference, the Director, WHO Kobe Centre, presented on strategies to increase the integration of the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) with the ICD 11, as well as with other indicator sets, to help monitor the functioning and health status of older persons.

    The WHO Director-General addressed the Conference noting its importance and that “this is an historical occasion and an historical opportunity to give the medical, epidemiological, and public health communities a cutting-edge statistical tool. Specific, precise, and comparable data are the foundation of everything we do”
  • International Day of Older Persons - 1 October
    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.

    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:
    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.
  • WKC: Research on innovations for achieving sustainable universal health coverage for ageing populations
    On 10 September 2016, the WHO Kobe Centre, along with Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, is organizing an official side event to the G7 Health Ministers meeting that will discuss “UHC, Innovation and Ageing: Research on innovations for achieving sustainable universal health coverage for ageing populations”.

    The Event will highlight the new WHO Kobe Centre ten-year research strategy, ongoing and planned research, and information dissemination focusing on UHC and ageing populations. Experts from around the world will share their experiences and lessons followed by discussion amongst all participants.
  • High School students explore Global Health “What can we do for Global Health?”
    Hyogo-Kobe GLOBAL HEALTH High School Summit

    On 21 August 2016, the WHO Kobe Centre and the G7 Kobe Health Ministers' Meeting Promotion Council are organizing the Hyogo-Kobe GLOBAL HEALTH High School Summit, with support from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

    The Summit is one of the pre-events for the Kobe G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting, to be held in Kobe from September 11-12, and will feature high school students in Hyogo Prefecture, and as future leaders, will discuss how they and the entire community can contribute to global health.
  • Global Health Issues: Improving health and health security for the world
    From Ise Shima Summit to the G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting in Kobe

    The WHO Kobe Centre, along with Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) and the G7 Kobe Health Ministers’ Meeting Promotion Council organized an open public Forum “Global Health Issues: Improving health and health security for the world” on 8 June 2016 at KGU.

    The objective of this public forum was to raise awareness of global health, including Japan’s leadership role, issues that will be considered at the G7 Health Ministers' Meeting (100 days from now), to give university students in the Kansai region an opportunity to learn and to think about global health, the work and role of the WHO Kobe Centre, and possible careers in international health. About 100 people attended the Forum.
  • G7 Ise-Shima Summit announces major global health agenda; World Health Assembly endorses WHO programme for health emergencies and strategy for ageing and health
    May 27 -- The G7 Ise-Shima Leaders’ Declaration released today establishes an ambitious action agenda for global health to tackle the most pressing challenges facing countries and communities. It calls for actions to support countries plan and respond to health emergencies; to achieve universal health coverage (UHC), including for healthy and active ageing and a new global UHC2030 coordination platform; and for reducing antimicrobial resistance.

    The G7 Health Ministers meeting in Kobe on 11-12 September 2016 will further discuss these new global health issues and required actions.
  • Global Health Issues: Improving health and health security for the world From Ise Shima Summit to the G7 Health Ministers Meeting in Kobe
    The WHO Kobe Centre, along with Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) and the G7 Kobe Health Ministers’ Promotion Committee, is organizing an open public Forum “Global Health Issues: Improving health and health security for the world” on 8 June 2016 at KGU.
    The objective of this public forum (WKC Forum) is to raise awareness of global health, including issues that will be considered at the G7 Health Ministers' Meeting, to give university students in the Kansai region an opportunity to learn and to think about global health, the work and role of the WHO Kobe Centre, and possible careers in international health.
  • First expert consultation on community-based social innovations that support older people in low- and middle-income countries, 14–15 July 2015, Kobe, Japan
    April 2016 -- The report of the "First expert consultation on community-based social innovations that support older people in low- and middle-income countries, 14-15 July 2015, Kobe, Japan" is now available. In 2015, WKC launched a new study programme to investigate models and social innovations for community-based programmes which addressed health and social care for older people at a community level, initially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). WKC released a call for proposals and supported seven case studies from seven countries. In order to synthesize learning across case studies, WKC organized a consultation with the authors and additional experts in July 2015 in Kobe. This report is a synthesis of both analyses of the case studies and discussions around specific themes identified during the consultation.
  • Urban health: major opportunities for improving global health outcomes, despite persistent health inequities
    31 March 2016 - New data on the health of city-dwellers in almost 100 countries show that as the world’s urban population continues to grow, health inequities - especially between the richest and poorest urban populations - are a persistent challenge, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).
  • Medical and Assistive Health Technology: Meeting the Needs of Aging Populations
    21 March 2016 -- A new publication prepared by the WHO Kobe Centre, “Medical and Assistive Health Technology: Meeting the Needs of Aging Populations”, was published by the The Gerontologist. This paper aims to identify policy gaps in the delivery and availability of assistive health technology (AHT) and medical devices (MD) for aging populations, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
  • Fight against Communicable Diseases
    - Thinking about Global Health Governance @ Kobe & Hyogo -

    07 March 2016 -- The WHO Kobe Centre, along with the G7 Kobe Health Ministers' Meeting Promotion Committee and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan held an open, public Forum “Fight against Communicable Diseases -Thinking about Global Health Governance @ Kobe & Hyogo,” on 24 February 2016, from 18:00 to 19:30 at the Kobe International Conference Center.
    About 250 people attended the Forum with participants from the Kobe City Diet, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefectural and other municipal governments, health professional and associations, students, and the public at large. Four speakers from the WHO Kobe Centre, Sierra Leone, and from WHO Geneva made presentations.
  • Toward More Age-friendly Cities: The example of Bilbao (Spain)
    The WHO Kobe Centre, in partnership with the WHO Department of Ageing and Life Course, has released a new framework and guide for indicators for cities to assess age-friendliness: “Measuring the age-friendliness of cities: A guide to using core indicators” in English, Chinese, French and Spanish. The new WHO Guide is an important tool that aims to promote the practice of measurement and indicator assessments, globally.
  • Fight against Communicable Diseases
    - Thinking about Global Health Governance @ Kobe & Hyogo -

    February 2016 -- The WHO Kobe Centre is organizing an important open, public Forum “Fight against Communicable Diseases -Think about Global Health Governance @ Kobe & Hyogo,” on 24 February 2016, from 18:00 to 19:30 at the Kobe International Conference Center. The world has learned a great deal from the Ebola – the largest and longest disease outbreak in history. Lessons from the Ebola outbreak are shaping a more strategic approach for strengthening health systems going forward – which is expected to be discussed at the G7 meetings this year. In this Forum, experts from one Ebola affected country, Sierra Leone, and from WHO, will share their experiences and lessons followed by a Q&A session that will be open to all participants.
  • WHO announces a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
    1 February 2016 — WHO announced today that the recent cluster of neurological disorders and neonatal malformations reported in the Americas region constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. This comes after the International Health Regulation Emergency Committee agreed that a causal link between this cluster and Zika virus disease is strongly suspected. It constitutes an “extraordinary event” and a public health threat to other parts of the world.
  • Assessing the Age-friendliness of Cities: A Guide to Core Indicators
    The WHO Kobe Centre has just published a new guide on the use of core indicators for assessing the age-friendliness of cities. It is available in English, and in Chinese, French and Spanish translated versions. This guide provides a framework and offers guidance and inspiration to all cities and communities to create and manage age-friendly environments and to develop an evidence base of their impact.
  • Report of the Second WHO Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations, 7-9 October 2015, Kobe, Japan
    11 December 2015 -- The report of the Second WHO Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations is now available. The World Health Organization Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre, WKC) convened the Forum to build upon the platform WKC created in 2013 to share information, debate and drive new thinking about the current and emerging health and social challenges surrounding ageing populations and innovations. The Forum, with its theme “IMAGINE TOMORROW,” explored ideas for transforming communities, systems, and technologies for ageing populations worldwide – developments that are timely and key to attaining universal health coverage (UHC) and the new Sustainable Development Goals.
  • 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 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.
  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • New WKC Publication: “Assistive technologies for ageing populations in six low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review”
    September 2015 - A new publication prepared by the WHO Kobe Centre, “Assistive technologies (AT) for ageing populations in six low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review”, was published by the British Medical Journal Innovations (BMJ) on 11 September 2015. WKC conducted a systematic literature review of the current availability of AT, and existing legislation for provision of AT, for older adults in six low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), which are among countries with the highest estimated 65 and over population in the coming decades: Brazil, Cambodia, Egypt, India, Turkey and Zimbabwe.
  • Meeting of Pilot Sites of the Age-friendly City Core Indicator Guide
    The WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) conducted a pilot study in 15 sites to test the feasibility of measuring indicators of age-friendly cities and communities in diverse contexts around the world.

    Upon completion of the study, representatives of the pilot sites were convened in WHO Geneva Headquarters on 10-11 June, 2015, to discuss the importance of the adaptability of the indicators and other issues that will contribute to the finalization of the indicator guide.
  • World Humanitarian Day
    ~THANKS HEALTH HERO!~

    August 2015 -- World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.
    WHO’s theme for this year’s World Humanitarian Day is “Thanks Health Hero!” To mark the event, WHO is launching a campaign focusing on health workers who provide healthcare under challenging circumstances whether it be in a conflict, natural disaster, communicable disease outbreak, or in resource poor settings.
    WKC joins this campaign in honouring health workers worldwide and our partners in Japan, who dedicate their lives to working in public health. Health workers act as humanitarians by ensuring that health is a fundamental right of every human being, as stated in the WHO constitution.
  • Exploring New Models of Community Initiatives for Older Adults – an Expert Consultation
    July 2015 -- In many societies, health and social care primary support is provided by the immediate family circles. Demographic growth, urbanization, and the changing composition of family units have challenged this assumption in the last decades. In response to drastic demographic and social changes, as well as the growing need for care support among ageing populations, the WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) launched a call for case study on models of community-based care in low- and middle- income countries in 2014. Eight case studies had been selected representing a diversity of options to provide support to older adults in their communities, as well as to engage older adults to care for their peers, and an expert consultation convened in Kobe from 14 to 15 July 2015.
  • New WHO and World Bank Group report monitoring universal health coverage
    June 2015 -- A World Health Organization and World Bank Group report launched on 12 June shows that 400 million people do not have access to essential health services and 6% of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped into or pushed further into extreme poverty because of health spending. The report, Tracking Universal Health Coverage, is the first of its kind to measure health service coverage and financial protection to assess countries’ progress towards universal health coverage (UHC). Implementing UHC is a Target within the proposed post-2015 Development Goals.
  • The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)
    The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Countries from around the world reviewed and updated the Hyogo Framework for Action, endorsed in 2005 at the Second World Conference held in Kobe. Health issues and strategies to protect the health of people in disasters will be much more important in the revised framework. During the Conference, there were events for the general public, including symposiums and exhibitions on themes related to health and disaster risk reduction and management.

    On March 17, WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, and UNISDR co-organized a public forum “PROTECTING PEOPLE’S HEALTH FROM DISASTER RISKS”. Over 30 speakers from all over the world and from the fields of disaster prevention, public health, medicine, and more spoke on comprehensive disaster risk reduction and management for health.
  • WKC Forum: Creating resilient society and community for ageing populations in disaster situations
    20 February 2015 -- The WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) organized an open forum on “Creating resilient society and community for ageing populations in disaster situations” in Kobe on 20 February 2015 in commemoration of the the 20th anniversary of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. 43 participants were in attendance to examine major components of resilient society/community with ageing population.
  • WKC Forum: Creating resilient society and community for ageing populations in disaster situations
    20 February 2015

    January 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. 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.
  • Intersectoral Action for Health (ISA)
    November 2014 -- WKC developed a guidance booklet titled “Intersectoral Action on Health, a path for policy-makers to implement effective and sustainable action on health” in 2011 and have since documented ISA experiences through case studies. The guidance booklet is now in preparation for revision. In May 2014, WKC held the Expert Consultation to collectively review and develop recommendations for the revision of the guidance booklet. In addition, new recent publications on ISA case studies in local governments conducted by WKC have been published. The findings provide valuable insight into the common challenges and success factors for local governments to mobilize ISA for better health outcomes.
  • Survey of Needs for Assistive and Medical Devices for Older People in Six Countries of the WHO Western Pacific Region
    November 2014 -- WHO Kobe Centre prepared the report of the survey, which was commissioned to Motivation Australia and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons by WHO. Innovations in health technologies, and associated health and social delivery systems, are critical to preventing and managing functional and cognitive decline that older populations increasingly experience, as well as to reduce long-term institutionalization. The research identifies priority assistive and medical devices for older people, provides a better understanding of contributing factors for their availability and proposes approaches to improve access to high quality assistive and medical devices at an affordable cost in high-income and middle-income countries.
  • WKC Forum: Innovation for Ageing Populations – Enhancing adherence: medication and nutrition
    1 October 2014 -- The WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) organized an open forum on “Innovation for Ageing Populations – Enhancing adherence: medication and nutrition” in Kobe on 1 October 2014 in commemoration of the UN International Day of Older Persons. 60 participants were in attendance to learn about the latest innovations for older populations to improve medical adherence and the well-being of elderly patients; and the useful nutrition insight for older adults.
  • WHO Global Forum on Innovations for Ageing Populations
    September 2014 -- Report published. In 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) established the Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations as an information exchange platform for diverse stakeholders to address the challenge of meeting the needs of older people in low resource settings with frugal innovations. The Global Forum held on 10-12 December 2013 in Kobe, Japan, brought together more than 170 expert participants from 21 countries for 3 days of rich discussion and debate, in order to meet the following objectives: exchange information, views and lessons from key operations and health systems research concerning technological and social innovations for ageing populations; highlight findings and solutions through specific examples of successful, scaled-up innovations; and identify key future priorities for WHO and its partners in support of innovations for ageing populations. The present Report provides a synthesis of the presentations, debates, and conclusions of the Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations.
  • WHO Global Forum on Innovations for Ageing Populations
    September 2014 -- Report published. In 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) established the Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations as an information exchange platform for diverse stakeholders to address the challenge of meeting the needs of older people in low resource settings with frugal innovations. The Global Forum held on 10-12 December 2013 in Kobe, Japan, brought together more than 170 expert participants from 21 countries for 3 days of rich discussion and debate, in order to meet the following objectives: exchange information, views and lessons from key operations and health systems research concerning technological and social innovations for ageing populations; highlight findings and solutions through specific examples of successful, scaled-up innovations; and identify key future priorities for WHO and its partners in support of innovations for ageing populations. The Report provides a synthesis of the presentations, debates, and conclusions of the Global Forum.
  • Revision of Urban HEART
    September 2014 -- 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

    August 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. Adherence to therapies is a primary determinant of treatment success. Poor adherence attenuates optimum clinical benefits and therefore reduces the overall effectiveness of health systems. At this forum, WKC is inviting four 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
    June 2014 -- 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. The conference was participated by more than 300 delegates representing 49 countries. During the Conference, the WHO Kobe Centre organized 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 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.). Following the presentations of four experts, the topics raised during the open forum touched on the specifics of inclusive development, team approach, health insurance and health research.
  • 7th Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF-7)
    April 2014 -- The 7th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF-7) was held 4-11 April 2014 in Medellin, Colombia. During the Forum, the WHO Kobe Centre held two networking events: 1) Health equity and sustainable urban development in the post-2015 development agenda – Second WHO-UN HABITAT joint report; and 2) Healthy and equitable urban planning through intersectoral action. During the WUF-7, WKC also shared Centre’s work through the exhibition space.
  • WKC Forum: Innovation for Ageing Populations – Addressing the challenges of frailty and disability –
    24 June 2014

    May 2014 -- The WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) will organize an open forum on “Innovation for Ageing Populations – Addressing the challenges of frailty and disability –” in Kobe on 24 June 2014. The world’s demography is unprecedentedly changing. It is definitely and rapidly ageing. A WHO expert and three Japanese experts will present 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.
  • World No Tobacco Day - 31 May 2014
    May 2014 -- Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. For World No Tobacco Day 2014, we are calling on countries to raise taxes on tobacco.
  • 11th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH), 4-7 March 2014, Manchester, the United Kingdom
    May 2014 -- The 11th ICUH held 4-7 March 2014 was hosted by the University of Manchester and was attended by more than 1,000 participants. WKC organized and presented at many events including three plenary sessions, a pre-conference workshop on Urban HEART, and six parallel sessions. The conference was a valuable opportunity to share and exchange information, as well as to build and strengthen networks.
  • World Health Day 2014
    April 2014 -- On World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April every year, the World Health Organization draws attention to a public health problem of global proportions and what needs to be done to address it. The date of 7 April marks the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. The World Health Day 2014 campaign focuses on vectors, the diseases they cause and simple precautions we can all take to protect ourselves and our families.
  • WKC Forum: Innovation for Healthy Ageing
    – Examples of current trends in research –

    5 March 2014 -- WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre - WKC) held the first WKC Forum of the 2014 calendar year on one of its core programmatic themes: Innovations for Healthy Ageing. More than 70 participants were in attendance to learn about the latest research in three key areas of Japanese innovation for ageing populations, including academics and students, researchers, health practitioners, local government, industry, media, and private citizens of Hyogo prefecture.
  • Expert review of Urban HEART
    Over the past decade WHO Kobe Centre has supported city and national officials in their efforts to tackle health inequities. The Urban Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool (Urban HEART), since 2008, has provided a step-by-step guidance to local officials and communities to collectively analyse and act on inequities. In November 2013, WHO Kobe Centre convened an expert meeting of academics, policy makers and international organizations in Kobe to deliberate on key areas of guidance in Urban HEART where users can be better supported. The meeting report details the expert deliberations on revising Urban HEART.
  • WKC Forum: Innovation for Healthy Ageing
    – Examples of current trends in research –
    5 March 2014

    February 2014 -- The WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) will organize an open forum on “Innovation for Healthy Ageing – Examples of current trends in research –” in Kobe on 5 March 2014. Population ageing challenges society to adapt, in order to maximize the health and functional capacity of older people as well as their social participation and security. The contemporary challenge then becomes not just living long, but living in good health and maintaining a high quality of life. At this Forum, three of Japan’s leading innovators will present their work to improve healthy ageing through, cutting-edge elder-friendly medicine, robotics and innovations to keep older adults mobile and independent.
  • WKC Forum:
    Suicide Prevention and Community Support

    19 December 2013 -- The WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) organized a forum on “Suicide Prevention and Community Support” in Kobe, 19 December 2013. More than 40 participants came from the general public, local governments and health workers to learn the current trends of suicide cases and deepen their knowledge on prevention and response efforts locally and globally.
  • 2nd WHO Consultation on Developing Age-friendly City Indicators, 8 September 2013, Québec City, Canada
    10 November 2013 -- The WHO Centre for Health Development (WKC) conducted the 2nd Consultation on Developing Age-friendly City Indicators on 8 September, 2013 in Québec City, Canada. This consultation is part of a series of consultations, started in 2012, organized by WKC in an effort to develop new technical guidance on monitoring the “age-friendliness” of cities. Meeting report is now availalbe.
  • Request for Proposals: Developing a Guide for Urban Health Observatories
    October 2013 -- The WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) has issued a new Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify a qualified professional (or team of professionals) to undertake the production of a guide for establishing, operating, and sustaining an Urban Health Observatory at the local government level, building upon the work that WKC and its collaborators have achieved to date, and taking into consideration the outcomes of a related expert consultation held in 2012. The deadline for submission is 10 November 2013.
  • WKC at the 3rd International Forum on the “FutureCity” Initiative, Kitakyushu, Japan, 19 October 2013
    19 October 2013 -- The 3rd International Forum on the “FutureCity” Initiative was held in Kitakyushu on 19 October 2013, under the theme of “Creation of new value through integrating environmental, social and economic value.” At the invitation of the Cabinet Office, WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) presented in the session dedicated to “Evaluation system of participatory governance toward self-sustained development”, and took part in a panel discussion.
  • Advancing Technological Innovation for Ageing Populations in Asia
    1 October 2013 -- On this International Day of Older Persons (1 October), the WHO Kobe Center recognizes the contributions of older persons to our societies and reaffirms the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call on countries and people to commit to remove barriers to older persons’ full participation in society while protecting their rights and dignity. There is broad recognition that population ageing presents both a significant opportunity and a challenge. WKC is working to encourage greater technological and social innovation to assist ageing populations.
  • Key documents on Social Determinants of Health now available in Japanese
    September 2013 -- A group of Japanese experts on social determinants of health (SDH) has translated into Japanese several key documents related to SDH, including WHO documents. These translations effectively remove the language barrier in accessing essential documents for Japanese policymakers and scholars. It is expected that they will serve as valuable resources as national efforts are made to achieve the renewed “Healthy Japan 21” targets, which include the reduction of health inequity through action on the social determinants of health.
  • WKC at the 10th APACT Conference
    18-21 August 2013, Chiba, Japan

    August 2013 -- The 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health (APACT) was held in Chiba, Japan, 18-21 August, under the title “Ending the tobacco epidemic – protecting and keeping healthy lives”. 785 delegates from 42 countries gathered to discuss current issues related to tobacco control and linkages with the non-communicable disease epidemic. The WHO Kobe Centre (WKC), in coordination with WHO Headquarters and the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO), organized a pre-conference workshop: Making your city smoke-free.
  • Intercountry Urban HEART Report Back Meeting in Africa
    17-19 July 2013 -- The WHO Regional Office for Africa and WHO Uganda, in collaboration with WHO Kobe Centre, organized the Urban HEART Intercountry Report Back Meeting in Entebbe, Uganda, 17-19 July, 2013.
  • Emergency Committee advises on MERS-CoV
    17 July 2013 -- An Emergency Committee convened by WHO’s Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) to assess the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – coronavirus (MERS-CoV) situation today unanimously decided that conditions for a public health emergency of international concern have not yet been met. Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan agreed with the Committee’s advice that the situation is of great concern, although it does not constitute a public health emergency at this time.
  • IAGG/WHO Special Symposium on Age Friendly Cities – Metrics and Evaluation Issues
    26 June 2013 -- The WHO Kobe Centre organized the “IAGG/WHO Special Symposium on Age Friendly Cities – Metrics and Evaluation Issues” at the 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics on 26 June, 2013, in Seoul, Korea. The Symposium received sponsorship from the Seoul Metropolitan Government, which recently joined the WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities.
  • New WKC Publication: “Designated Smoking Areas in Streets Where Outdoor Smoking is Banned”
    June 2013 -- A new publication prepared by the WHO Kobe Centre, “Designated Smoking Areas in Streets Where Outdoor Smoking is Banned”, was published by the Kobe Journal of Medical Sciences.
  • Designated Smoking Areas in Streets Where Outdoor Smoking is Banned
    June 2013 -- A new publication prepared by the WHO Kobe Centre, “Designated Smoking Areas in Streets Where Outdoor Smoking is Banned”, was published by the Kobe Journal of Medical Sciences.
  • WKC Publication: “Inequalities in noncommunicable disease mortality in the ten largest Japanese cities”
    June 2013 -- A new publication prepared by the WHO Kobe Centre, “Inequalities in noncommunicable disease mortality in the ten largest Japanese cities”, was published by the Journal of Urban Health.
  • 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion (8GCHP)
    10-14 June 2013, Helsinki, Finland

    The 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion (8GCHP) was held in Helsinki, Finland, from 10 to 14 June 2013. The Conference has convened every few years since it was first organized in Ottawa, Canada in 1986, and it is the key event to advance the health promotion field, and presents an important opportunity for the WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) to share its work in urban health and intersectoral action for health.
  • World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2013
    – Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship

    Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners everywhere mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide. The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2013 is: ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
  • Implementation of Urban HEART
    7 May 2013 -- With the cooperation of respective authorities in Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kenya, Mongolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, an independent evaluation on the process of piloting Urban Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool (Urban HEART) was conducted for 15 cities in 2011–2012. The evaluation will also provide important lessons for WHO to better support cities in implementing Urban HEART.
  • Visit of Dalian City Officials to WHO Kobe Centre
    25–26 April 2013

    In collaboration with the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Japan International Cooperation of Welfare Services and WHO Country Office in the People’s Republic of China, WHO Kobe Centre received the fellowship visit of four officials from Dalian City, China on 25-26 April 2013.
  • WKC Forum “Control your blood pressure: for your healthy life” in commemoration of the World Health Day
    7 April 2013 -- In commemoration of this year's World Health Day, the WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre - WKC) organized a forum “Control your blood pressure: for your healthy life” in Kobe. More than 40 participants came to the WKC forum from the general public and local governments to learn the risks of and to know how to prevent and control high blood pressure.
  • WHO Kobe Centre Offered the Leadership Training Course for Urban Emergencies
    24 February 2013

    WHO Kobe Centre pilot tested its newly developed training course for city health emergency managers last 24 February at the Kobe City Emergency Operations Centre. There were 20 participants from Hyogo Prefecture who attended the training course entitled: City Leadership in Health Innovations and Technologies in Emergencies otherwise known as City LHITE.
  • Consultation on Advancing Technological Innovation for Older Populations in Asia
    Kobe, Japan
    20-21 February 2013

    WHO Centre for Health Development in Kobe hosted the first Consultation on Advancing Technological Innovations for Older Populations in Asia. This meeting is paving the way for further consultation, normative work and scientific research to improve knowledge as well as service delivery of health related devices for elderly in Asia and all over the World.
  • Former Director-General of WHO dies -- health contributions remembered
    Dr Hiroshi Nakajima, former Director-General of WHO, died Saturday, 26 January, in Poitiers, France, after a short illness. He was 84. Following a career of research in neuropharmacology, Dr Nakajima joined WHO in 1974, where he helped develop the concept of essential medicines. He served as Director of the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific from 1978 to 1988, and as the Organization's fourth Director-General, from 1988 to 1998.
  • WKC Forum
    International Health Emergencies

    18 January 2013 -- In conjunction with the 18th Annual Meeting of Japanese Association for Disaster Medicine, WHO Kobe Centre organized an open forum on international health emergencies in Kobe.
  • Parañaque City’s Urban HEART receives AFHC 2012 Award for Health Equity
    20 November 2012 -- The Tokyo-based Alliance for Healthy Cities (AFHC) organization awarded Parañaque City (Philippines) the 2012 AFHC Award for Creative Developments in a City Category on Health Equity on the merits of Parañaque City’s implementation of Urban HEART (Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool).
  • Walking to school in Japan and childhood obesity prevention: new lessons from an old policy
    1 November 2012 -- The Urban Health Governance (UHG) team of the WHO Kobe Centre has just published an article by the American Journal of Public Health, on Japan’s “walking to school practice” in relation to childhood obesity prevention.
  • WKC course on “Health in All Policies and Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs)” held at the 5th Alliance for Healthy Cities Global Conference in Brisbane, Australia
    24 October 2012 -- The Alliance for Healthy Cities Global Conference is held every second year. This year the conference focused on “Healthy Urbanisation: Healthy People – Healthy Communities”. During the conference, WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) held a 4-hour short course on “Health in All Policies and Noncommunicable Diseases” on 24 October.
  • Mental Health Day
    10 October 2012 -- 10 October is World Mental Health Day. World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services. This year the theme for the day is “Depression: A Global Crisis”.
  • WKC networking event on “Empowering the Future of Cities” held at the 6th World Urban Forum in Naples, Italy
    3 September 2012 -- WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) held a networking event on “Empowering the Future of Cities: Addressing urban health and health equity through intersectoral action”, at the 6th World Urban Forum in Naples, Italy. This was one of the few events dedicated specifically to discussing health issues.
  • Assessing the impact of the ordinance banning smoking on selected streets in Kobe City, Hyogo, Japan
    17 August 2012 -- The WHO Kobe Centre is currently conducting a survey to assess impacts of the municipal street smoking ban ordinance in Kobe city in collaboration with Kobe Pharmaceutical University.
  • Impact assessment: bringing sectors together to act on health
    22 June 2012 -- The UN General Assembly adopted the Political Declaration on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) in 2011 and pledged to promote action through multisectoral action for health (MSA). On 20-22 June 2012, international experts, policy makers and academics gathered at the WHO Centre for Health Development in Kobe to examine tools that will assist policy makers to promote and sustain MSA.
  • "Stop tobacco industry interference"
    – WHO Kobe Centre marked World No Tobacco Day with an open forum

    31 May 2012 -- WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) held in Kobe a public health forum in commemoration of World No Tobacco Day 2012: Stop tobacco industry interference. More than 60 participants came from academia, local governments and civil society groups to exchange their views and share ideas on tobacco industry interference on tobacco control policy in Japan.
  • WKC Forum on Kaigo yobo interventions: the state of the art and future challenges in Japan
    21 March 2012 -- WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) held a public health forum on "kaigo yobo interventions: the state of the art and future challenges in Japan" in Kobe. Hyogo Women’s Exchange Hall in Kobe City, where more than 60 participants discussed their experiences of kaigo yobo.
  • 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH)
    20 March 2012 -- WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) held a pre-conference workshop, “Making your city smoke-free - 12 steps to an effective smoke-free legislation”, at the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health 2012 in Singapore. The workshop was especially targeted at city-level policy-makers and tobacco control advocates.
  • WHO participates in UNEP Seminar on Tohoku Tsunami Debris Management
    7 March 2012 -- The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) held a seminar on the “Management of Debris Created by the Tohoku Tsunami” on 6 March at the UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) in Osaka.
  • Safe Health Facilities and Preparedness for Mass Casualties
    27 February 2012 -- Sunday, 19 February 2012 marked the second time that the WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) and the University of Hyogo, Research Institute of Nursing Care for People and Community (RINCPC) organized a public health event at Akashi City. The first time was for a WKC Forum entitled “Strengthening disaster resilience: individual, group and community” held on 20 November 2011.
  • Harnessing community participation on urban health
    15 February 2012 -- “What I gathered while listening intently on WHO Kobe Centre’s (WKC) orientation of its pillars was the prime importance of harnessing and supporting community participation with government support, especially in the urban context where I think the sense of community spirit is affected by the urban infrastructure”, expressed Dr Hirofumi Ando , the President of the Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe (AUICK).
  • WHO Executive Board closes with Japan resolution on ageing
    24 January 2012 -- Starting a year-long special focus on ageing and health, the Executive Board adopted a resolution calling for countries to promote ‘active ageing’ and establish measures that encourage healthy living throughout the many stages of life.
  • Living a culture of disaster resilience at all levels
    21 November 2011 -- “Building, strengthening and enriching the resilience of nations, cities and communities to disasters is every citizen, family and community’s responsibility” – was the message which resonated on the occasion of the Joint WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) and University of Hyogo Forum held on 20 November 2011 at the University of Hyogo, Akashi City, Japan.
  • Breast cancer: the advantage of early detection
    5 October 2011 -- Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer in women both in developed and developing countries and is also the main cause of cancer for women in Japan.
  • Graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging on the increase
    7 July 2011 -- Over one billion people in 19 countries are now covered by laws requiring large, graphic health warnings on packages of tobacco, nearly double the number of two years ago.
  • Concert part of final push to end polio
    23 June 2011 -- The "End Polio Now" Charity Concert by Rotary International District 2680 was held at the Hyogo House on 19 June.
  • "Separate smoking areas in no way control smoke adequately" - head of tobacco control society
    15 June 2011 -- WHO Kobe Centre presented its research on Smoke Free Cities at a public lecture in Sanda City, Hyogo entitled “I Love Clean Air – preventing secondhand smoke” on Saturday, 11 June.
  • Symposium highlights issue of indoor smoking bans in Japan
    6 June 2011 -- Physician and tobacco control advocate Dr Junpaku Miyamoto called for “simple and clear” measures to provide people with full protection from exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) in Japan, at a public forum, “WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)”, on 4 June.
  • Total smoking ban at Kobe City Government Offices
    31 May 2011 -- As of 31 May, World No Tobacco Day, Kobe Municipal Government implemented a total smoking ban in all spaces of the city’s main and ward offices.
  • Historical agreements at the Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly
    24 May 2011 -- In her closing address Director-General Dr Margaret Chan praised delegates for consensus on issues that profoundly affect public health.
  • WHO launches one-stop shop for health data in cities
    16 May 2011 -- With urbanization as a leading trend in health issues over the next decade and beyond, the WHO has launched the first-ever global access to urban health data.
  • Saving 5 million lives on our streets and highways by 2020
    10 May 2011 -- Road traffic injuries are now the number one cause of death globally for young people aged 15-29.
  • New WHO report: deaths from noncommunicable diseases on the rise
    3 May 2011 -- Noncommunicable diseases are the leading killer today and are on the increase, the first WHO Global status report on noncommunicable diseases launched on 27 April confirms.

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