Event: International Day of Older Persons 2017 Universal health coverage in an era of population ageing?

 International Day of Older Persons 2017

Universal health coverage in an era of population ageing?

 

Populations around the world are rapidly ageing and this demographic transition will impact on almost all aspects of society. At the same time, the world has united around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, pledging that no one will be left behind and that people of all ages will have the opportunity to fulfil their potential in dignity and equality.

Ensuring universal health coverage without impoverishment is the foundation for achieving the heath objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals. This will require health and long –term-care systems to be developed in ways that are better aligned with the needs of older populations they will increasingly see. This will require a shift from services that are designed to cure a single condition to services that can provide the chronic and sometimes complex care that older people require.

In line with WHO priorities on Universal Health Coverage, the WHO Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health and commemorating the International Day of Older Persons 2017, WHO will be hosting an event to discuss how Universal Health Coverage can be appropriate and sustainable in a time of rapid population ageing. The event is meant to be an open and frank discussion on Universal Health Coverage and how it can encompass the health and social care of older people. It is meant to challenge audience members to think hard about how to bring concepts of Universal Health Coverage and ageing to their constituencies and inspire action.

This meeting will also launch of the WHO recommendations on Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE), which contains new recommendations for health professionals in primary health care and community settings to prevent declines in physical and mental capacities in older people. The recommendations provide the basis for the development of a UHC comprehensive care package for older people to be implemented in countries.

 

Event objectives

  • To foster dialogue and collaboration, within WHO and with external partners, on Universal Health Coverage and integrated care for older people
  • To launch the WHO Recommendations on Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) for improving intrinsic capacity for older adults as called for in the Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health 2016-2020.
  • To welcome a new WHO collaborating Centre for Frailty, Clinical Research and Geriatric Training

 

Description

The event will feature key international stakeholders, international agencies, NGOs and WHO staff discussing and debating the topic of universal health coverage, integrated care and older people.

 

List of panellists

  • Mr Vu Duc Dam, Deputy Prime Minister of Viet Nam (by video)
  • Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization
  • Mrs Elvire Aronica, Déléguée adjointe aux affaires européennes et internationals, France
  • H.E. Mr Sek Wannamethee, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations Officer and other International Organizations in Geneva
  • H.E. Mr Junichi Ihara, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva
  • Mrs Omowunmi Cosmas, Founder, Hope for the Old Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria

 

Critical reflections from the audience

  • Dr John Beard, Director, Department of Ageing and Life Course
  • Dr Ed Kelley, Director, Department of Service Delivery and Safety
  • Dr Agnés Soucat, Director, Department of Health Systems, Governance, and Financing 
  • Mr James Campbell, Director, Health Workforce
  • Dr Bruno Vellas, Head of Gérontopôle - new WHO Collaborating Center for Frailty, Clinical Research and Geriatric Training
  • Mr Jean-Paul Menu, for Association of Former WHO Staff and the Association of Former International Civil Servants
  • Ms Kelly Fitzgerald, Vice-Chair, NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva

 

Universal health coverage in an era of population ageing ? 

2 October 2017   

Agenda 

Executive Board Room, World Health Organization 

13:30 Welcome by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus  

13:35 Mr Vu Duc Dam, Deputy Prime Minister of Viet Nam (by video)  

13:40 Panel discussion and broader debate  • Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization  • Mrs Elvire Aronica, Déléguée adjointe aux affaires européennes et internationals, France • H.E. Mr Sek Wannamethee, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva • H.E. Mr Junichi Ihara, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations at Geneva • Mrs Omowunmi Cosmas, Founder, Hope for the Old Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria 

14:20 Launch of Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People. Dr Islene Araujo de Carvalho, Senior Policy Adviser, Department of Ageing and Life Course 

14:25 Discussion with Member States, representatives from the United Nations and non-State actors with critical reflections from  • Dr John Beard, Director, Department of Ageing and Life Course  • Dr Ed Kelley, Director, Department of Service Delivery and Safety  • Dr Agnès Soucat, Director, Department of Health Systems, Governance, and Financing • Mr James Campbell, Director, Health Workforce  • Dr Bruno Vellas, Head of Gérontopôle - new WHO Collaborating Center for Frailty, Clinical Research and Geriatric Training • Mr Jean-Paul Menu, for the Association of Former WHO Staff and the Association of Former International Civil Servants • Ms Kelly Fitzgerald, Vice-Chair, NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva 

15:00 Close