In the forthcoming work programme for the World Health Organization (WHO) for the next 5 years (2018-2023) the issue of ageing and ageing-related ill health is excluded completely. This means that, within the next 5 years, according to this document, the World Health Organization is not obliged to do anything to care for the health of the older people or to improve their health, not to mention conduct any research and development to create new therapies and technologies for improving the health of the aged, or any kind of longevity research.
Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), Jane Barrat, is calling for those working and interested in the area to participate in the consultation and explain to WHO that the issue of ageing is important as are the care development and improvement of health of the aged. She said “We urge the WHO to rectify the glaring omission of population ageing and older people in the draft 13th General Programme of Work. It is a striking oversight that will diminish its credibility among all of us. Make your voice heard.”