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.

See the Call for Expression of Interest (EOI) for interested organizations to propose CBSI case study sites. Deadline for EOI submission is 31 December 2016.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week


11 November 2016 – 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.

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

Kate Holt/ HelpAge International

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.

Challenge ageism

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.

Employment and Internships

Opportunities at WHO Kobe Centre

Request for Proposals (RFP)

“Research on improving measurement, research and knowledge translation to promote universal health coverage and healthy ageing in Japan”
For more details, please download RFP (PDF)
Submission deadlines
- Intention to bid: 15 Dec 2016 at 18h00 Japan time
- Proposals: 9 Jan 2017 at 18h00 Japan time
For questions related to this RFP,
Please contact:
Dr Megumi Rosenberg by emailing

Call for Expression of Interest (EOI)

Case studies in middle-income countries on community-based social innovations to support older people (CBSI)
For more details, please download Call for Expression of Interest (EOI)
- Submission deadline: 31 December 2016

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