World Health Day

Good health adds life to years

An elderly man reading to a child

Ageing is a natural and inevitable process. For the past century and more mankind has been adding years to life. More people now survive the challenges of childbirth and childhood and live longer through adulthood to reach old age. This trend is not restricted to the resource-rich countries but has become a global phenomenon including the countries of South-East Asia. It has been estimated that over 8% of the population living in Member States of the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia Region are above the age of 60 years. This proportion is expected to increase to 12% by 2025, and to over 20% by 2050.

Good health adds life to years - posters

These posters for World Health Day challenge current stereotypes older people have to grapple with.

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