ILO-ISSA Webinar: Long-term care in the context of population ageing in Asia

21 septembre 2023 | Virtual

ILO-ISSA Webinar: Long-term care in the context of population ageing in Asia

21 septembre 2023 | Virtual

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 09:00-10:30 (UTC/GMT+2 or CEST)

ILO logo Languages: Simultaneous interpretation in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Vietnamese (Simultaneous interpretation – Frequently asked questions)


Connect logo This webinar is jointly organized by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), and Connect.


Numerous countries across the globe are presently undergoing a significant demographic transition, leading to a rapid acceleration in population ageing. This phenomenon is particularly noteworthy in Asian countries, where this shift is occurring at an unprecedented rate.

Recently, the ILO and the ISSA have explored the role of social protection policies in ageing societies. Findings show that they can be essential in: 1) fostering healthy ageing through a life-cycle approach; 2) ensuring that older persons in need of long-term care can access it without hardship; and 3) extending adequate social security coverage to all caregivers and care workers.

Asian countries such as Japan, the Republic of Korea and Singapore have well-established dedicated long-term care (LTC) schemes. However, other Asian countries have only recently started developing policies to address LTC in the context of population ageing.

Join us for this ILO-ISSA Webinar on long-term care in the context of population ageing, specifically focusing in Asia. The webinar will offer a valuable platform for countries to share and exchange their unique experiences, fostering mutual learning and collaboration.


Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, Secretary General, ISSA
Shahra Razavi Shahra Razavi, Director, Social Protection Department, International Labour Office (ILO)


Hongsoo Kim Dr Hongsoo Kim, Professor at the Graduate School of Public Health and Director of the Center for AI in Health and Care at the Artificial Intelligence Institute, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
Lou Tessier Lou Tessier, Health Protection Specialist, Social Protection Department, ILO


Wen Lei Wen Lei, Director, Division of Long-term Care, National Healthcare Security Administration, the People’s Republic of China
Ikegami Naoki Dr Ikegami Naoki, Professor Emeritus, Keio University, Adjunct professor, Faculty of Medicine, Kurume University, Japan
Phuong Nguyen Khanh Dr Phuong Nguyen Khanh, Health Strategy and Policy Institute, Viet Nam
Tsukasa Kobayashi Tsukasa Kobayashi, Director of Welfare Policy Division, Japan Rengo, Japan


Marielle Phe GoursatNathalie De Wulf Moderated by Marielle Phe Goursat, Social Protection Expert, ILO, and Nathalie De Wulf, Technical Officer in Social Security, ISSA

This webinar will examine the following questions:

  • What are existing LTC schemes and their policy frameworks, and what has been their historical evolution?
  • How is the demographic landscape expected to evolve over the next two decades?
  • What strategic measures can enhance the LTC schemes?
  • What financial mechanisms are needed?
  • How are unpaid family caregivers involved in providing care? Have existing LTC policies been successful in mitigating the challenges associated with unpaid caregiving?


  • Welcome by ISSA and ILO
  • Keynote speech by the Seoul National University
  • Presentation by ILO: Long-term care as an integral part of social protection system
  • Panel Discussion:  Sharing the country experiences
  • Q&A
  • Conclusions by ISSA and ILO

Practical information

This joint ILO-ISSA Webinar targets ISSA members, ILO tripartite constituents, United Nations partner agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and development partners without registration fee.

ISSA members are invited to register through the My ISSA registration system.

Other interested parties are invited to register directly in Zoom.