Strengthening healthy ageing programmes in the South-East Asia Region
Other TitlesReport of a regional meeting, Colombo, Sri Lanka,, 17-20 October 2013
AbstractA focus on ageing is not only to prolong life but also to improve the quality of life of the elderly. Healthy ageing is a process of optimizing opportunities for physical, social and mental health to enable the elderly to take an active part in society without discrimination, and to enjoy an independent and good life. A regional meeting to strengthen healthy ageing programmes in the South-East Asia Region was organized by the World Health Organization's Regional Office for South-East Asia in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Services, Government of Sri Lanka, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 17 to 20 October 2012. The regional meeting was attended by representatives from the nine Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region and included Bhutan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor- Leste. In addition, representatives from the Social Affairs Department of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UN-ESCAP); United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) India Office; the International Federation of Ageing; HelpAge Sri Lanka; and observers from Indonesia and Sri Lanka also participated. The meeting report contains a review of the status of healthy ageing programmes in the Member States of the Region and the determination of the approaches for care of the elderly, including adequate financing and long-term and ambulatory care. A thorough review of the draft regional strategy on health ageing was also undertaken. The regional strategy on healthy ageing intends to encourage Member States to initiate, develop and sustain a multisectoral approach and measures for the promotion of ageing among all population groups following a life-course approach.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2013). Strengthening healthy ageing programmes in the South-East Asia Region. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206411