UPCOMING: Towards Population Ageing in Africa–Current Approach to Elderly Care, and Lessons to be Shared Across Continents, An Official TICAD7 Side Event


The world is aging, and Africa is no exception. Although the relative number of elderly people in Africa is still low compared to other continents, that number is expected to triple in the next 30 years. Population aging is a positive outcome for healthcare systems, but it also presents a variety of new challenges. Health and long-term care systems will find themselves under increasing pressure as they tackle an increase in noncommunicable diseases while still grappling with persistent infectious diseases. Furthermore, disparities in access to or quality of long-term care represent a potential new cause of social instability and a barrier to continued development.

This event will be held on the sidelines of the 7th Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD7) with the goal of bringing together policymakers, civil society representatives, and academicians in a dialogue on the challenges of aging in Africa. The discussion will focus on healthcare, social protection, and welfare, as well as on the potential for sharing information and lessons between Asia and Africa.

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Date and Time: Thursday, August 29, 2019, 13:00-14:30 JST

Venue: PACIFICO Yokohama, Exhibition Hall B08, 1-1-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama City

Language: English (Simultaneous interpretation into French & Japanese)

Admission Fee: None

Capacity: 200 persons


Organized by: 

The KAKENHI Project Team for  "Future Population Ageing in East Africa: A Cross-Disciplinary Study of Social Welfare and Elderly Care (Funded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)

Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)

Nagasaki University 

Supported by:

National Institute of Population and Social Security Research


Opening Remarks

Akio Okawara, President and CEO, Japan Center for International Exchange

Special Remarks

Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Keynote Speakers

Awa Marie Coll-Seck, President of CN-ITIE, Former Minister of Health for the Republic of Senegal

Prafulla Mishra, Regional Director-Africa, HelpAge International

Maliki, Director for Population Planning and Social Security, Ministry of National Development and Planning, Indonesia

Ken Masuda, Associate Professor, Nagasaki University School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health

Panel and Floor Discussion

Moderator: Reiko Hayashi, Director, Department of International Research and Cooperation, National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (IPSS)

Closing Remarks

Osuke Komazawa, Special Advisor to the President for Healthcare and Long-Term Care Policy, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia


For Japanese information about the event click here

For the JCIE’s Japanese Facebook page for TICAD7 events click here

Kiyoko Shiromasa