Published in 2011, the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health initiative provided a framework to guide the research needed to improve treatment and prevention of mental health disorders and expand access to mental health services. At the Academy’s workshop on global mental health participants reflected on progress since 2011, focusing on specific life-course stages, and identified priorities for research in treatment and prevention, as well as enduring challenges and emerging opportunities
"This report, a collaborative effort of the United Nations and other major international organizations working in the area of population ageing, sheds light on progress towards implementing this Plan. It aims to raise awareness about the speed of population ageing and, more generally, about the experience of being old in our changing world. It recommends moving urgently to incorporate ageing issues into national development plans and poverty reduction strategies. It also shows that abuse, neglect and violence against older persons are much more prevalent than currently acknowledged, and points the way towards more effective prevention strategies and stronger legislation that can protect their human rights"
"This report summarises the findings of an investigation into the feasibility of achieving universal access to old age income security through a social pension in Tanzania." The feasibility study provides an analysis of the cost, fiscal sustainability and financing options for a universal pension and concludes that introducing income security payments for all older Tanzanians is likely to significantly reduce old age poverty
"This paper argues that comprehensive age friendly social policy responses to both the financial crisis and to demographic transition are necessary and affordable, and that a focus on investment in the health, livelihoods and economic security of the older poor for the benefit of future generations is more urgent than ever"
This is a report on women and health - both women’s health needs and their contribution to the health of societies. Women’s health has long been a concern for the World Health Organization but today it has become an urgent priority. This report explains why. Using current data, it takes stock of what is known about the health of women throughout their lives and across the different regions of the world
This report presents the findings of a study in 15 rural villages to obtain information on the roles of older people in HIV/AIDS affected households and to identify potential interventions to meet their financial, psychosocial and other support needs. Research methods included case studies, in-depth interviews and focus groups with older carers of children in Cambodia to understand their problems and to explore their support needs. The findings demonstrated that the HIV/AIDS epidemic has led to significant changes in the responsibilities and needs of older people and that older people in HIV/AIDS affected households are vulnerable to extreme poverty, and at times, destitution. The report concludes with recommendations for possible local response interventions to address the needs of older people impacted by HIV/AIDS
This presentation presents research about disability trends and determinants in older ages in Asian countries. The author compares the prevalence of functional barriers of disability including the areas of activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living and physical functioning activities. Comparing trends between 1992 and 2002, the author reports that there has been an increase for ageing people and highlight age, gender, socioeconomic status, physical and cognitive health, and psychosocial factors are crucial for undertaking further research in understanding aging and disability
Presentation for the Panel Session on "Aging with Disability : A Global Perspective U-M Council for Disability Concerns"
Ann Arbor, University of Michigan
27 October 2006
This report presents the main risk factors for disability in old age and how it can be prevented. It provides a synthesis of the best available evidence, including a summary of the main findings and policy options related to the topic. It is useful for people interested in disability in old age
In this article the author describes the links between poverty and disability with particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region, and describes the World Bank's position on poverty reduction and improving the quality of life
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