ISSA Webinar: Long-term care solutions for Eurasia

21 October 2021 | Virtual

ISSA Webinar: Long-term care solutions for Eurasia

21 October 2021 | Virtual

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 10:00–12:00 (UTC/GMT+2 or CEST)

11:00–13:00 in Chișinău and Moscow
12:00–14:00 in Baku, Tbilisi and Yerevan
13:00–15:00 in Tashkent
14:00–16:00 in Bishkek and Nursultan
16:00–18:00 in Ulaanbaatar

Languages: Simultaneous interpretation in English and Russian (Simultaneous interpretation available using the Zoom App only)

Webinar organised in collaboration with the ISSA Liaison Office for Eurasia

In view of rapidly ageing populations and decreasing birth rates, Eurasian countries allocate significant resources for sustaining their long-term care (LTC) programme. The challenge is growing as the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the existing problems of the shortage of LTC provision in the region.

In this context, the existing LTC programmes, which were largely inherited from the Soviet paternalistic model, need profound adaptation to overcome problems caused by the lack of a unified system of financing and management, divisions of responsibilities between different departments and a shortage of caregivers. Various countries in the region are working towards building a new type of public insurance scheme for those who have lost the ability to self-care.

The key objective of this ISSA Webinar is to look at possible options from the region and beyond in modelling LTC cost and creating a system based on sustainable financing, efficient service delivery structure and qualified staff.


Kenichi Hirose Kenichi Hirose, Senior Social Security Specialist, International Labour Organization
Presentation title: “Issues in long-term care in ageing societies”
Minkyung Kim Minkyung Kim, Senior Researcher, Health Insurance Research Institute, National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) Republic of Korea
Presentation title: “First-hand experience in creating national long-term care insurance system: Operating structure, eligibility management, benefits package and financing”
Grigory Menshchikov Grigory Menshchikov, Head of the Long-term Care System Development Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation
Presentation title: "National pilot project for elderly and disabled citizens 2018-2021"
Alexander Safonov Alexander Safonov, Professor of the Department of Psychology and Human Capital Development, Vice-Rector of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, and Vice-President of the ISSA Technical Commission on Employment Policy and Unemployment Insurance
Presentation title: “Implementation of LTC system in the Russian Federation”
María Cecilia López Collazo María Cecilia López Collazo, President, Catholic Workers’ Circle of the Uruguay Mutual Fund and President of the ISSA Technical Commission on Mutual Benefit Societies, Uruguay
Presentation title: “Vocational training of caregivers”

This webinar will examine the following questions:

  • What are the key challenges for ensuring sustainable LTC under the given context?
  • What are Eurasian practices and approaches from other regions for managing and financing LTC services?
  • What role could private-public partnerships play in service provision?
  • How to move to coordinated actions between social, health, labour and migration policies?
  • What strategies and measures are used in training and retraining geriatric caregivers?

Provisional agenda

  • Welcome by Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, ISSA Secretary General
  • Technical introduction by the ISSA
  • Presentation by ILO
  • Case experience from the Republic of Korea
  • Case experience from the Russian Federation
  • Case experience from Uruguay
  • Q&A – Discussion
  • Conclusions
Dmitri Karasyov Moderated by Dmitri Karasyov, ISSA Regional Coordinator for Eurasia

Practical information

The webinar is open to delegates of ISSA member organizations and invited institutions without registration fee.