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.

The 15 pilot sites in 12 different countries each made their best attempt at gathering data to measure indicators aimed at addressing the accessibility of the physical environment, the inclusiveness of the social environment, the impact on quality of life, and the equity dimensions of each, all within the context of their local community.

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

World Humanitarian Day (19 August), established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003, 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.

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.

Join us as we send messages of thanks to health heroes around the world using the hashtag #ThanksHealthHero.

Exploring New Models of Community Initiatives for Older Adults – an Expert Consultation

WHO Kobe Centre

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.

WKC convened and expert consultation in Kobe on 14-15 July, gathering eight experts from Australia, Canada, India, Italy, Poland, South Africa, Uganda, Viet Nam, as well as WKC researchers, to review the experiences of initiatives selected from the case studies.

The conclusions of the Consultation allow for the development of the second phase of the research, with a stronger focus on the diverse range of initiatives in middle- and high- income countries. The ultimate purpose is to derive key principles for the implementation of community-based models of care for older adults, articulated around people-centred and integrated health and social care approaches.

New WHO and World Bank Group report monitoring universal health coverage

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.

A commitment to equity is at the heart of UHC. As more countries make commitments to universal health coverage, one of the major challenges they face is how to track progress.

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