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Friday, February 27, 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.

Take the Survey Today and get involved in the global campaign! #Vaccine4Life

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 dbandola@ifa-fiv.org

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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. Please enjoy the first editions of these two new News venues by clicking on the images below.



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

The Health of the People – The African Region Health Report

WHO African Report
The Health of the People
is the first report to focus on the health of the 738 million people living in the African Region of the World Health Organization (WHO). While acknowledging that Africa confronts the world’s most dramatic public health crisis, the report offers hope that over time the region can address the health challenges it faces, given sufficient international support.

Some data snapshots include:

  • Mauritius has the highest percentage of its population over the age of 60 at 13%, against the regional average of 5%
  • The country with the lowest median age is Niger. In 2012 the median age of the country was 15 years old!
  • The 2 countries with the highest life expectancy at birth are Mauritius and Cabo Verde at 74 (mean of both sexes)
  • Over the past 12 years, 42 countries have added 1 to 20yrs to life expectancy while 5 countries have actually seen a decline ranging from <3 to <11yrs

Interested in reading more please go to the Bulletin of the WHO.

Global Ageing Journal 9.2 Now Available!

Front Cover 9.2The IFA is pleased to announce that the newest issue of the Global Ageing: Issues and Action Journal is now available to members! This issue, entitled “Adult Vaccinations and the Health of Older Workers” focuses on the critical need for action to promote a life-course approach to immunization in order for older adults to remain healthy, significant social and economic contributors within their societies.

“Through this issue of Global Ageing, the IFA hopes to ensure that the life-course approach to vaccinations remains on the agenda of all stakeholders”, states Guest Editor and Director of the IFA Dr Sandra Hirst, “from the individuals whose personal decision to get vaccinated may impact on their quality of life, to the government policy makers whose decision to promote the importance of vaccinations may prevent deteriorated health status in later life for many of its citizens.”

“The IFA has a commitment to raise the awareness of the importance of adult vaccinations”, states Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the IFA. “First, this issue of Global Ageing pays attention to the importance of adult vaccinations from Dr. O. P. Sharma, author of the Indian guidelines for vaccinations in older adults and Mr. David Sinclair from the International Longevity Centre, United Kingdom. Additionally, interim results of the survey Raising Awareness of Adult Vaccinations suggest the need for greater education and awareness of immunizations.”

Please access this issue and all other recent issues through the Members Only section of our website. If you would like access to this journal, please Become a Member or purchase issues through the IFA Bookstore. Older versions of the Global Ageing Journal are available in our Resource Publications.

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