Outreach 

Join the WHO Global Tuberculosis Consultative Workshop

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Tuberculosis (TB) program is organizing a global consultative workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 11 - 13 November 2015, to enhance the engagement of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) in the implementation of the End TB Strategy in WHO's member states. 

 

An on-line consultation has been launched, which seeks to identify critical areas that need to be covered during the workshop.  

 

The on-line consultation, available in English, French and Spanish, can be accessed on the WHO website.

National Elder Abuse Conference 2016

Registration is now open for the 4th National Elder Abuse Conference 2016 hosted by Senior Rights Victoria and taking place in Melbourne, Australia on 23 - 25 February 2016. 

This conference aims to prevent and resolve elder abuse by showcasing new knowledge to use in practice, raise awareness and influence system change.  

 

For more information, visit the conference website
News 
Latest World Population Prospects - United Nations

Understanding the demographic changes that are likely to unfold over the coming years, as well as challenges and opportunities that they present for achieving sustainable development for the design and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda is critical to civil society.

The 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects, launched recently by the Population Division of the United Nations (UN) Department of Economic and Social Affairs provides demographic data and indicators to assess population trends at the global, regional and national levels and calculate many other key indicators commonly used by the UN system.


"According to the results of the 2015 Revision, the world population reached 7.3 billion as of mid-2015, implying that the world added approximately one billion people in the span of the last twelve years." 


Access further information and key world population findings on the United Nations website.

Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention Through Vaccination in Older Adults White Paper

The Alliance for Aging Research developed Our Best Shot white paper to understand the drivers of "underutilization" of adult vaccines and developing policy recommendations that might lead to increased appropriate utilization.  

To further understanding of drivers and obstacles of adult vaccination, the white paper provides context by reviewing vaccination levels, trends, and targets, incidence rates, relevant health insurance coverage policies, and the cost effectiveness literature and other reports that have evaluated vaccine utilization in the older adult population.  

Read the Our Best Shot white paper here
HelpAge International's Submission for the World Humanitarian Summit

Standard & Poor's, a standards and rating ratings agency, identifies global ageing and climate change as "megatrends" with significant consequences for governments, national and international actors in their preparations for, and response to, emergencies.
 
A submission for the World Humanitarian Summit by HelpAge International indicated that current humanitarian responses are inadequate. Based on their 2010-11 research, less than 1% of analysed projects included at least one activity targeting older people and just 0.3% was funded.  In 2012, the research showed a disappointing increase to 2.1% with only 1% funded.  While the small increase is important to recognize, it is a poor indication of the focus placed on meeting the needs and managing the risks of the most vulnerable human beings, including older people, during disasters and emergencies. 
   
WHO Sage on Global AGEing and Adult Health (SAGE)

WHO's SAGE's longitudinal study collects data on adults aged 50 years and older, as well as a smaller comparison sample of adults aged 18-49 years.  

 

Studies such as this aim to improve our understanding of the current ageing situation and the effects of the ageing process in human health trends.

 

WHO SAGE Wave 1 has conducted research and developed reports in the following countries: China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russian Federation and South Africa.


Findings from the multi-country studies in lower-middle and upper-middle income countries, covering over 40% of the world's population aged 50 years and over, have provided some intriguing insights, but also raised more questions such as:


Why are older adults in China consistently reporting better health status and lower disability levels than its neighbours in India?

 

How does living in Ghana and South Africa contribute to higher levels of happiness in old age than in India?

 

What are the factors that influence the associations between diabetes, gait speed and cognitive function in Mexico and Russia?


Each country's national report is a descriptive summary of results, including this report of SAGE Wave 1.  SAGE Wave 2 follow-up has been implemented in China, Ghana and Mexico, with the remaining three countries to be completed by late 2015 and SAGE Wave 3 follow-up is planned to start in 2016. More information is available on the WHO website.

Falling Between the Cracks: Abuse and Violence Against Older Women Side Event Report

 

On 15 June 2015, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), the NGO Committee on Ageing Geneva and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHIR) organized a side event to mark WEAAD and the first day of the 29th session of the Human Rights Council, at the Palais des Nations, the Un Headquarters in Geneva.

 

The side event discussed how elder abuse remains a largely taboo subject and violence against women often falls between the cracks of laws, policies and programmes.  The side event also analyzed the common features of elder abuse and the intersection with other personal violence as well as the specificities of violence against older women.


Read the Falling Between the Cracks: Abuse and Violence Against Older Women report here.
Initiatives

The IFA is Pleased to Introduce a New IFA Member - Encore.org

 

Many in midlife today can expect an extra 20 or 30 years of active, healthy life.  

Encore.org  is a U.S.-based non-profit building a movement to use the skills and talents of experienced adults in this "encore" life stage, to improve our communities and the world we share.


While some see ageing societies as a looming catastrophe, Encore sees a longevity dividend - and an unprecedented opportunity for social impact.  People in the encore years are often motivated by social purpose and the desire to leave a legacy; they represent a powerful source of time, talent and experience to tackle urgent social challenges.  The encore idea - that millions of experienced people can move into "encore careers," or second acts for the greater good - has gained significant traction in the U.S., with 25 million people either in or interested in encore roles, according to Encore's 2014 research.

 

As an IFA member, Encore looks forward to bringing global insights to our audience, connecting with leaders in aging and being a resource for organizations that want to develop encore programs.

Read Encore.org's full organizational profile here and to connect with Encore.org contact Betsy Werley, Director, Network Expansion, at bwerley@encore.org.

IAPB Congratulating excellence in Eye Health Professionals


The International Association for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) with support from L'OCCITANE Foundation will be delivering their third "Eye Health Leaders" Awards during IAPB's Council of Members meetings in Beijing, China on 13 - 14 October 2015.

 

The "Eye Health Leaders" (EHL) Awards recognizes and celebrates eye health professionals with the vision and potential to lead the eye health sector in the future.  

 

Research shows that 4 out of 5 people have avoidable visual impairment, demonstrating that excellence and forward focus in the field of eye health is important.  Every dollar spent on eye health has a two-fold return on investment - in developing countries there is a four-fold return.


 Learn more about this initiative on IAPB's Council of Members website.

IFA Member - Janaseva Foundation 

 

On 11th July 2015 Janaseva Foundation in Pune India, started a new project providing care and school education to 500 homeless children.  With the support of many individuals and organizations, such as Shri Shivkumar Dige, Jt. Charity Commissioner in Pune and Dr. Subhash Salunke, former Assistant Regional Director, WHO - SEARO, the Janaseva Foundation distributed school bags, compasses, school books, blankets, towels and clothing to children at the Destitute Rehabilitation centre in Katraj, Pune.

 

Janaseva Foundation has demonstrated continued excellence in projects, such as the one above, that focusses on ageing, health and destitute issues in India.  The IFA also congratulates the Janaseva Foundation for achieving Special Consultative Status at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

 

Read Janaseva Foundation's UN ECOCOC Special Consultative Status acceptance letter here.
Top Ten Considerations for Engagement of over 75 year olds in Lifelong Learning


Four organizations, all with connections to the ageing agenda - Age UK, Third Age, Slovenia Philanthropy and National Foundation for the Elderly - in their respective countries are working together to better understand enablers for continued engagement with Life Long learning of people over 75 years of age.  This knowledge-enhancing programme has been made possible by the support of the EU Life Long Learning Programme. 


The project aims to identify the barriers, as well as enablers, for people from this age group to remain civically engaged and learn for longer.  Research analysis has provided suggestions and best practice for developing practical guidelines to create societal change to achieve this - including guidance around including people with high support needs in life-long learning programmes.


With the help of 240 older learners, best practices in all four countries was defined and, subsequently a list of top ten considerations developed - for supporting engagement of 75 year olds and older in lifelong learning. 


 Find out the top ten considerations here.

Welcoming IFA's New Members

Golden Age Foundation, represented by Ms. Rebecca Choy, China 

The IFA would also like to welcome its individual members:

Ms. Jan Bruce (Australia), Ms. Kathleen Brasher (Australia), Ms. Melinda Rand (USA), Ms. Jeanette Williams (Australia), Ms. Jean Galiana (USA), Ms. Julia Opie (Canada), Mr. Srinivasan Govindaraj (India), and Ms. Leslie Dryburgh (Canada) 
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