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World Health Organization for Community Health Services

The WHO has designated the School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Community Health Services since December 2007. Through implementing the WHO's mandate, the School has been playing a proactive role in strengthening evidence-based community health services and improving the health outcomes of local, regional and global populations. The World Health Organization has recently redesignated our School’s WHO Collaborating Centre (WHO CC) for Community Health Services for a period of four years to December 2023. It was agreed with WHO that we would change the focus of our WHO CC to align with one of the WHO current strategic priorities: healthy ageing. The following are the key foci of our activity:

  1. Understand key indicators of ageing and health in the countries in Western Pacific Region.
  2. Promote WHO Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) and develop initiatives to disseminate and implement it in Western Pacific Region countries.
  3. Consolidate good practices and policies that ensure healthy lives and promote well-being of older people in the Western Pacific Region.

A series of work plans, including collaborative research projects, roundtable sessions, training workshops and so on related to Healthy Ageing, will be developed in conjunction with WHO. This redesignated WHO CC unit on ‘Healthy Ageing’, the first and only WHO collaborating centre on ‘Ageing’ in Asia and the Pacific at this juncture, will assist the Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) to roll out its strategic initiatives on ageing for the region.