DIHAC study presentation at Panel Discussion, Asia Pacific Annual Health Financing Forum of World Bank 26.6.2024


DIHAC study has been invited to share the research finding internationally for the third time in 2024. It was at the Panel of Health Financing and Aging at the Asia Pacific Annual Health Financing Forum organized by the World Bank. The event was located in Sri Linka and held onsite and online hybrid on  26.6.2024. DIHAC study Principal Investigator Associate Professor Myo Nyein Aung gave a lecture entitled Challenges and opportunities towards healthy ageing in Asia:  Empowering digital inclusion of older adults in Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Thailand.

He explained the overview of long-term care models and healthy ageing as a strategy for both high income and low-middle income countries. He presented evidence from Community Integrated Intermediary Care (CIIC): a cluster randomized controlled trial in Thailand, and Community Based Social Innovations (CBSI) for healthy ageing in Japan, Singapore, Republic of Korea and Thailand. Importantly he advocated digital inclusion as the social determinant of the health to be addressed in order to bring about health ageing.  While the Universal Health Coverage is being emphasized,  he highlighted the universal access to internet and universal access to broad band and eliminating gray digital gaps through the community empowerment.

 The panel consisted of panelists Dr. Chris James, OECD (virtual), Dr. Myo Nyein Aung, Associate Professor, Juntendo University, Japan (virtual), Dr. Giang Thanh Long Professor, Faculty of Economics, National Economics University, Vietnam, Dr. Wu Jing Director, National Center for Chronic and Noncommunicable, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China, : Dr. Ednin Hamzah Chief Executive Officer, Hospis Malaysia. Agnes Couffinhal, Senior Economist, World Bank moderated the panel, which was organized Emiko Masaki, Senior Health Economist, World Bank. The discussion of panelists from different countries brought the issues from several countries and the need to invest in healthy ageing and preparing for Longterm care. DIHAC study presentation shared the current experiences of investing in healthy ageing from cities in Japan, ROK, Singapore and Thailand and bringing older adults to be online to maximize their participation in health promotion.