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Elder Abuse - Press Conference 30.11.2005

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The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN) are pleased to invite journalists to a press conference on the theme:

A Global Response to Elder Abuse


Ms Angeline Fankhauser , Former Member of the National Council, member of the GIAN Foundation Board;

Dr Alexandre Kalache , Chief, Ageing and Life Course Programme, WHO;

Dr Charles-Henri Rapin , Center for Interdisciplinary Gerontology (CIG, University of Geneva;

Wednesday 30 November 2005 at 11:00 am.
Swiss Press Club, "La Pastorale", route de Ferney 106, Geneva

Elder abuse remains a substantial, yet hidden, societal problem. The GIAN provides financial support to a research project aimed at tackling this issue. It is conducted by the Ageing and Life Course Unit of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of Geneva Interfaculty Gerontology Centre, in association with institutions in eight countries. Its objectives are: 1) to develop and validate universal and reliable screening tools to facilitate the detection of elder abuse cases by primary health care professionals; and 2) to build the capacity of primary health care workers to deal with elder abuse through evidence-based education for the development of prevention strategies. The approach of this project reflects the WHO policy framework on "Active Ageing," which recognises elder abuse as one of the urgent challenges facing societies worldwide. A focus on primary health care settings was chosen, as it is within this context that elder abuse can be first identified - or overlooked altogether.

For further information on the press conference or on the research project, please contact:

Mr Randall Harbour , Executive Secretary of the GIAN
Tel. 022 734 67 80, harbour@ruig-gian.org .

Related Project(s)

Annual Call for Projects 2003 A Global Response to Elder Abuse Including Neglect: Building Primary Health Care Capacity to Deal with the Problem World-Wide

>See the Project