Workshop on “Using ICTs to support older persons in managing chronic diseases”

23 Apr 2019
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By invitation only

Population ageing is one of the megatrends affecting sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. In the region, the number of older persons is expected to increase from an estimated 548 million in 2019 to nearly 1.3 billion by 2050. By then, one in four people in the region is expected to be over 60 years old.

Many countries in Asia-Pacific are ageing rapidly and will get old before they become rich. Thus governments must act quickly to respond to the needs of older persons while also finding ways to harness the opportunities associated with population ageing.

In response to rapid population ageing in Asia and the Pacific, this workshop addressed linking the use of ICTs to support older persons’ particular health care needs, in line with SDG3 on healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages and SDG10 on reducing inequalities. The focus was on managing chronic diseases which were also on the rise, in large part due to population ageing. With a focus on Cambodia, the objectives of the workshop were to:

  1. Identify the health-care needs of older persons, with a focus on Cambodia;
  2. Discuss proposed models for Cambodia to use ICTs to support older persons in managing chronic disease; and
  3. Review and exchange good practices and experiences from other countries, (i.e. Viet Nam and Republic of Korea) related to using ICTs to promote and enhance accessibility and quality of health care for older persons.

This workshop was part of a larger capacity-development project which focused on a small number of countries in Asia-Pacific with rapidly ageing societies or large populations of older persons that were considering using ICT policies for the benefit of older persons and society in general.

Participants at the workshop developed a set of recommendations on the feasibility for using ICTs to support older persons in managing chronic diseases.