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[Event Report] Global Health Education Program (G-HEP) 2021-2022 — Global Health Academy Lecture 3: Healthy Ageing Communities in the Era of COVID-19 Pandemic (April 7, 2021)

[Event Report] Global Health Education Program (G-HEP) 2021-2022 — Global Health Academy Lecture 3: Healthy Ageing Communities in the Era of COVID-19 Pandemic (April 7, 2021)

The Global Health Education Program (G-HEP) held its Third lecture of the Global Health Academy on April 7, we welcomed Dr. Myo Nyein Aung, associate professor of global health from Juntendo University. Dr. Aung’s area of research covers health promotion, long-term care for the ageing, and prevention of non-communicable diseases and infectious diseases. He presented on the topic of “Healthy Ageing Communities in the Era of COVID-19 Pandemic”.

The ageing population in Asia is growing at an unprecedented rate, with Japan leading the world with the highest proportion of elderly people, and Thailand also experiencing increases in its elderly population each year. Both countries have placed finding innovative solutions to promote healthy ageing at the top of their agendas.

Dr. Aung’s lecture was given in two parts which focused on his own research projects in Thailand and Japan, covering community integrated initiatives to promote healthy ageing. Part 1 introduced his research on “Community Integrated Intermediary Care (CIIC) to enhance family-based long-term care for the older people in Thailand”. In Thailand family-based care has traditionally been the model adopted for caring for ageing family members. However, as society changes, this model is becoming unsustainable for a number of reasons: families becoming smaller and an increasing burden of noncommunicable disease and age-related morbidity. These changes have resulted in a need for new approaches such as the CIIC model that can provide the necessary care to meet the demands of caring for older family members.
Part 2 focused on “Sustainable health promotion for the seniors in the communities of Tokyo in the era of COVID-19 pandemic”. As Japan already has years of experience when it comes to the ageing population there have been many efforts made by the national and local governments to create a more inclusive community for the ageing population. The focus is placed on health promotion and empowering the elderly to take an active role in the community. The COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to many of the services and activities for the elderly, and the lecture addressed alternative methods that were initiated allowing for a safe way for elderly to sustain health promotion activities and maintain optimal health.
Many countries in Asia share similar family-based cultures and long-term care systems, so the examples from both Thailand and Japan could be adopted in other countries looking to implement a similar model in the future.

Our next lecture on Health Technology will take place May 12th.

■ Program Lectures
1) Thailand’s Health System and COVID-19 (complete)
2) Japan’s Health System and COVID-19 (complete)
3) Community Health
4) Health Technology
5) Global Health
6) Migrant Health
7) Quantitative and Qualitative Research
8) Policy Recommendations and Advocacy


The Global Health Education Program (G-HEP) is a joint program organized by the Health and Global Policy Institute and Mahidol University, Faculty of Public Health in Thailand.

■About Mahidol University
Mahidol University is the number one university in Thailand for medical education and the first public health academic institution in Thailand.

 Be a leader in promoting population health through being a health literate faculty in ASEAN countries by 2021.
 1. To offer an outcome based public health education through being a health literate faculty.
 2. To be visible as a leader in public health education, integrative and innovative research, professional academic services on the basis of good governance to promote health and longevity and the betterment of mankind.

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