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WHO Global Forum on Innovations for Ageing Populations

Place: Kobe, Japan
Date: 10–12 December 2013

The WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre) is organizing and hosting the first 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. They will 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.

Ensuring that rapidly ageing populations remain healthy, productive and independent for as long as possible, requires innovations that meet the greatest needs, and which are safe, effective, affordable, accessible and available, and acceptable to the user.

Outcomes of the Forum include:

  • a better understanding of major epidemiological and socio-economic fundamental trends that drive ageing and innovation;
  • a roadmap for WHO and its partners to tackle the issue of fostering innovation for ageing populations, by addressing needs for frugal innovations to improve access, equity and independence of older persons in low- and middle-income countries.

General participation in the Forum is by invitation. The final report will be posted on the WHO Kobe Centre website shortly after the meeting, along with additional resource materials.

Follow the Forum on Twitter: @WHOKobe and throughout all social media with the hashtag: #GFIA2013