WHO’s Decade of Healthy Ageing: Country Spotlight


Ira Pastor, ideaXme life sciences ambassador, interviews Dr. Alexandre Kalache, President of the International Longevity Centre-Brazil (ILC-Brazil).

Ira Pastor Comments

As we continue our virtual road-trip around the globe per the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Age Friendly Cities Global Movement, during the WHO defined “Decade of Healthy Aging”, we are headed down to the southern hemisphere to the country of Brazil.

Dr. Alexandre Kalache

Dr. Alexandre Kalache is a medical epidemiologist specializing in the study of aging, who is the President of the International Longevity Centre-Brazil (ILC-Brazil), an independent think tank based in Rio de Janeiro that develops and promotes policy related to population aging, and Co-President of the Global Alliance of International Longevity Centres, an international consortium of member organizations with a mission to help societies to address longevity and population aging in positive and productive ways.

Dr Alexandre Kalache

Dr. Kalache graduated from the medical school of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, gained diplomas in infectious and parasitic diseases and medical education, was awarded a master’s degree in Social Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, his PhD in Epidemi ology at the University of London, and had a long academic career at the Universities of London and Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Kalache’s work in Aging

Dr. Kalache formerly directed the WHO Global Aging Program, known as the Department of Aging and Life Course, at its Geneva headquarters, which resulted in the development of the assessment tool for use by city planners and advocacy groups, known as the Global Age-Friendly Cities Guide.

Dr. Kalache was formerly Senior Policy Advisor to the President on Global Aging, New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), a representative to the United Nations for the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Global Ambassador to HelpAge International, Research Chair Professor in Elderly Health Care Development at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Associate Professor at the Andalusian School of Public Health in Granada, Spain, and member of the Brazilian Delegation to the United Nations’ Open-Ended Working Group on the Human Rights of Older People.

On this ideaXme episode we will hear from Dr. Kalache about:

His background; how he developed an interest in medicine, in public health, and in aging research. About ILC Brazil and its mission and focus. About his WHO Global Age-Friendly Cities initiatives in Brazil in the cities of Balneário Camboriú, Jaguariúna, Pato Branco, Esteio, Veranópolis, and Porto Alegre. His views on the Covid-19 situation in Brazil, and other developing countries, exploring issues such as unpreparedness, inequalities, lack of resources, ageism, poor scientific understanding from governments, gender and race issues. Interesting biotechnology research occurring in Brazil.

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