The WHO Centre of Health Development in Kobe is hosting the WHO Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations. During the Forum a wide variety of stakeholders will address the current needs for technological and social innovation to support healthy ageing, and review specific examples related to assistive technologies to promote wellness, independence and mobility, including care at home; medical technologies targeted to prevent functional and cognitive decline; and ageing-in-place innovations for community based care and home based care systems.
*General participation in the Forum is by invitation. WHO Kobe Centre offers the possibility for journalists to register for the Global Forum, hence providing prime access to invited speakers.
Japan’s annual total number of suicides dipped below 30,000 people for the first time in 15 years in 2012. However, Numbers of suicides in Japan are still 7 times higher than deaths due to traffic accidents. Japan has one of the world's highest suicide rates. Factors in suicide are quite complex, from social and personal factors. However, it is important to know that suicide can be prevented and the support as the community is the key for its prevention.
In the Forum, global and national trends on suicide, the importance of a comprehensive approach (medically and socially), and identification of some tools that can help planners, will be discussed by WHO and national experts. This will help contribute to the local community’s efforts for suicide prevention.
2nd WHO Consultation on Developing Age-friendly City Indicators, 8 September 2013, Québec City, Canada
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. The objective of this consultation was to obtain expert opinion on how to advance the development of an age-friendly city monitoring framework and core indicator set.
The consultation was held as a pre-conference meeting to the 2nd International Conference on Age Friendly Cities (9-11 September 2013, Quebec, Canada).
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.
Measuring urban health
828 millionurban residents live in slum conditions worldwideMeasuring urban health
Interventions on urban health
11%of the world population are protected by national smoke-free lawsInterventions on urban health
Urban health emergencies
600 000deaths occurred worldwide as a result of weather-related natural disasters in the 1990sUrban health emergencies