Fight against Communicable Diseases
- Thinking about Global Health Governance @ Kobe & Hyogo -


The WHO Kobe Centre, along with the G7 Kobe Health Ministers' Meeting Promotion Committee and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, 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

Age-friendly Bilbao/3D Social Movement

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.

The recently released WHO World Report on Ageing and Health argues that the creation of age-friendly environments is essential to enable healthy ageing. 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.

The WHO Kobe Centre developed this technical guidance in cooperation with the WHO Department of Ageing and Life Course, with inputs from a wide-ranging group of international experts, national and local governments, and community representatives, including older persons themselves.

Second WHO Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations, 7-9 October 2015, Kobe, Japan

WHO Kobe Centre

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.

This report contributes to a meeting convened by WKC on “Research for Policy Innovations for UHC and Ageing Populations: Transforming Health Systems to Meet the Holistic Needs of Older Persons” to be held on 14 December 2015 in Kobe. This meeting precedes an International Conference on Universal Health Coverage in the New Development Era: Toward Building Resilient and Sustainable Health Systems that will take place in Tokyo on 16 December. Both meetings will contribute to preparations for the 2016 Japan-hosted G7 Summit in Ise-shima and G7 Health Ministers meeting in Kobe.

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