SEA/RC63/12 - Strategic framework on healthy ageing in the Region
AbstractThe working paper provides a brief overview of the situation with regard to healthy ageing in the Member States of the WHO South-East Asia (SEA) Region. It indicates the gradual increase in the proportion of population aged 60 years and more in most countries of the Region, and how this increase will affect the social and health services in Member States. The working paper then mentions the general features and components of the regional strategic framework on healthy ageing in the Region. It concludes by identifying a range of supportive actions from Member States with regard to healthy ageing in the Region: to increase political commitment for the promotion of healthy ageing; to develop or review the current interventions addressing the ageing issue and relate this to the regional strategic framework on healthy ageing; to scale up activities for establishing a national policy on ageing; to strengthen the existing national authority responsible for extending support to healthy ageing; and to continue to support the existing mechanisms for collaboration with other sectors of the government and interested stakeholders involved in healthy ageing-related interventions. The High-Level Preparatory (HLP) meeting held in the Regional Office in New Delhi from 28 June to 1 July 2010 reviewed the working paper and made the following recommendations: Actions by Member States (1) Increase political commitment for promoting healthy ageing. (2) Scale up activities to establish a national policy on ageing and establish/strengthen the national authority responsible for promoting healthy ageing. (3) Enhance and sustain support for existing mechanisms of collaboration with other sectors of the government and interested stakeholders involved in healthy ageingrelated interventions. Actions by WHO-SEARO (1) Provide technical assistance to Member States to help align existing national interventions that address ageing issues with the regional strategic framework on healthy ageing. (2) Collaborate with Member States to identify mechanisms for improving coordination between reproductive health, maternal and child health, nutrition, adolescent and school health, and chronic diseases control and prevention, in order to promote a life-course approach towards healthy ageing. (3) Develop and disseminate appropriate interventions for building awareness on healthy ageing among Member States of the Region. The working paper and the HLP meeting recommendations based on it are submitted to the Sixty-third Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2010). SEA/RC63/12 - Strategic framework on healthy ageing in the Region. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128389