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Friday, March 6, 2015

About the IFA

 Adult Vaccinations Global Campaign

IFA has created a global campaign to better understand the uptake of adult vaccinations and to promote awareness of the importance of vaccinations throughout the life course.

1. Take the survey
2. Take a photo with the hashtag #Vaccine4Life
3. Post the photo on Twitter @IntFedAgeing or e-mail your photo to ikaczmarek@ifa-fiv.org

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IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing

IFA 13th Global ConferenceCouncil on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland and the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) invite you to join us for the International Federation on Ageing 13th Global Conference, Disasters in an Ageing World: Readiness, Resilience and Recovery.

Now accepting abstracts! More information can be found on the Conference Website.

Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer Survey

Did you know that diabetes and its associated complications is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness? Were you also aware that, globally, a large percentage of people with diabetes don’t know about this devastating complication and/or do not have access to the necessary treatments?

The IFA, IAPB and IDF, through a global study across 42 countries, are looking to gain information to help change the answers to these questions around awareness, access to screening and treatments and levels of education.

We need help from health providers working in the field of diabetes, patient organizations and/or adults with diabetes.

Let your voice be heard and complete this survey!

Provider Survey

Patient Survey


Introducing IFA Skim and IFA VoltAGE!

The IFA Skim and the IFA VoltAGE are two NEW communication platforms replacing the IFA eNews, designed to keep our readership and members informed about important up-to-date global ageing news.



Rethinking & Strengthening Social Development in the Contemporary World

ECOSOCThe 53rd Session of the United Nations Commission on Social Development convened from 4 to 13 February 2015 at UN headquarters. The overarching theme “Rethinking and Strengthening Social Development in the Contemporary World” focused on poverty, disability, ageing and youth.

A limited number of NGOs were heard at the Commission including the International Federation on Ageing, which was represented at the United Nations, as always, by Ms Helen Hamlin, Ms Mary Mayer, Ms Valerie Levy and Dr Cynthia Stuen.

Read the full IFA Report here.

Of special interest to organizations concerned with ageing and ageing issues is the Resolution (E/CN.5/2015/L.3), passed by the Commission at its closing session and recommended to the UN Economic and Social Council for adoption, regarding the modalities for the third review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan of Action on Ageing (2002). The Resolution calls for the three-year process to utilize a bottom-up approach, beginning next year at the national level, followed by a regional review in 2017 and culminating in a global review in 2018 with a report from the Secretary-General of prevalent and emerging issues and related policy options.

Profiling IFA Director: Mr Ayuk Eyong Christian

Ayuk ChristianAyuk Eyong Christian is a staff member at the Medical Corporation Junkei-kai where he also assumes responsibilities as the Vice President of Friends of IFA (FOIFA) in Akita City, Japan.

My involvement in the IFA stretches back six years ago when in May 2008 and for the first time, I attended an IFA Board Meeting and a Workshop on Ageing in Beijing, China.

As the Vice President of Friends of IFA (FOIFA), Japan, I was directly involved in a team that organized the International Forum on Ageing in Place and Age-friendly Cities in Akita City, Japan (October 2009) and the International Workshop on Ageing and Healthy Environments in Yaoundé, Cameroon (May 2013).  These events were very successful in responding to the IFA strategic directions and provided a positive image of the IFA as a significant contributor to issues around ageing in the regions and beyond.  Over the past few years, I have seen the IFA grow with a ‘new look’ launching its new logo in Melbourne in 2010, maintaining a stable and growing membership, and increasing visibility through its global conferences.

Read Mr Christian’s full biography and contribution to the IFA.

*For IFA members who receive the IFA VoltAGE, please note that the editing error in regards to the title “Friends of IFA” has been corrected.

Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 SDGs

post2015 SDGsThe 2nd Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda convened from 17-20 February 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York. This session discussed the post-2015 development agenda and the purpose behind these goals.

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) published a report summarizing the session. Under the interactive dialogue with major groups and other stakeholders, it was stated that “A representative of the International Federation on Aging called for reliable, disaggregated data for people up to 100 years old. She underlined that the declaration must have human rights for all at its core, and use words people understand and to which they can relate” (p. 9).  This was in response to the discussion on “A collective vision of the road to 2030″ that focused on how to implement the post-2015 development agenda and global partnerships.  Read the full summary here.

Ms Helen Hamlin has been representing the IFA at the United Nations for over 20 years, along with additional representatives Ms Mary Mayer, Ms Valerie Levy and Dr Cynthia Stuen.

Urgent! Final Call to Participate in the Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer Project

The DR Barometer survey, set to be the biggest survey ever conducted in diabetic retinopathy (DR), is enrolling people with diabetes and healthcare providers.

There is an urgent need to increase study recruitment across all countries in February and March 2015 before the database is locked on 31 March 2015. The countdown has begun to recruit 70 patients and 30 healthcare providers in each of the 42 countries.

“We need as many people living with diabetes and their healthcare providers to have their voices heard and we ask them to generously give their time to complete the DR survey now. Together we can transform the future of DR care but currently many voices from many countries are missing.  Everyone’s input from around the world is invaluable to this truly ground-breaking study.”
Jane Barratt, Secretary General, IFA

How to get involved in the Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer Project

Diabetic-Retinopathy-survey-Patients-mapPatients: If you are an adult diagnosed with diabetes interested in taking part in the study, click here.

Diabetic-Retinopathy-survey-Practioners-mapHealthcare professionals: If you are a healthcare professional in participating countries and would like to
contribute, click here. Please also encourage and support suitable people with diabetes to take part.

Media Interviews

To learn more about the preliminary findings from the qualitative phase that is informing this phase of research, leading experts from all of the organisations involved with the DR Barometer Project are available for interview including:

  • Jane Barratt, Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing (IFA)
  • Dr Lydia Makaroff, Epidemiology and Public Health Manager, International Diabetes Federation (IDF)
  • Mr Peter Ackland, CEO, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

If you would like to organise an interview please contact Emma.Spencer-Smith@ketchum.com or +44 (0)207 611 3610.

For more information, please read the full Media Alert.

Save the Date! IFA 13th Global Conference


On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee, Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland and the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), it is our immense pleasure to invite you to join us for the International Federation on Ageing 13th Global Conference (IFA 2016), Disasters in an Ageing World: Readiness, Resilience and Recovery.

The Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 21 – Thursday 23 June 2016.

The program will primarily focus on Disasters in an Ageing World, reflecting on both natural and man-made disasters. We will explore approaches to risk reduction, readiness, resilience, response and recovery with the goal of understanding how to establish and design more age friendly, disaster prepared communities.

Find more information on http://ifa2016.org.au/.

We look forward to welcoming you to Brisbane.

Mr Peter Howells
Chair, Council on the Ageing Queensland

Mr Bjarne Hastrup
President, International Federation on Ageing

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