HCM City (VNA) – The Health Working
Group (HWG) hosted a policy dialogue on promoting healthy aging and
non-communicable diseases (NCD) control for a healthy Asia – Pacific region.
The event, part of the third APEC Senior
Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3) and related meetings in HCM City, drew over 100 delegates from
APEC economies, representatives from UN agencies, international and social
organisations, researchers and health care service providers.
Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Pham Le
Tuan said population aging generates major opportunities and challenges, and
impacts all economic and social aspects.
The APEC economies account for 40.5 percent of
the global population and nearly 50 percent of the total elderly in the world.
Most APEC members are facing challenges posed by rapid population aging.
Vietnam’s population aging started in 2011, with
the rate of people aged 60 and above making up 10 percent. It is now among the
countries with the fastest population aging speed. Vietnam has more than 10
million old people and figure is estimated to reach 28 million by 2050.
Participants also discussed issues such as
population aging in the APEC region, the burden of non-communicable diseases
(NCDs) amid population aging, prevention and control of NCDs among the elderly.
Tuan also highlighted the fast increase of NCDs
and population aging pose huge challenges for the global health care system.
Heart diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic
diseases are among the leading causes of death among old people, Tuan said,
adding that APEC economies need to seek ways to prevent and control NCDs in the
context of population aging.
The dialogue offered an opportunity for health
managers, scientists, organisations and individuals to share experience in
addressing NCDs amid population aging, towards a healthy and prosperous