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World Bank Japan Social Development Seminar “Reducing Income- and Health-Related Vulnerability of Older Persons in Vietnam”

March 26, 2024
Tokyo, Japan

The World Bank and partners launched “Reducing Income- and Health-Related Vulnerability of Older Persons in Vietnam” project aiming to reduce economic and health vulnerability of older persons in Vietnam, under a US$2.75-million grant, funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan Social Development Fund, administered by the World Bank. Implemented by HelpAge International in collaboration with Association of the Elderly in Vietnam, the project is supporting the scale up of a community-based model for elderly care that promotes economically productive, healthy, and active ageing. It is estimated that 27,000 people in six provinces will benefit from the project’s interventions, 70% of them are elderly.

A core activity of the project is to expand the Intergenerational Self-Help Club (ISHC) network through building at least 180 new clubs. This model, first implemented in Vietnam in 2006 and whose effectiveness has been recognized by the government and included in national policies, adopts a holistic approach to meet the multiple needs of older persons. These self-managed clubs, which host 50-70 members, runs a variety of inter-generational activities to help members boost incomes, improve physical and mental wellbeing, and know their rights. Through a network of volunteers, also offers homecare services who are largely housebound including social care, personal care and related care.

At this seminar, the task team from the World Bank and the implementing partner HelpAge International will share experiences through the project.


2pm-4pm, Tuesday March 26, 2024 (Japan Standard Time)


Maitreyi Das
Director, Trust Funds and Partner Relations, World Bank

Emiko Masaki
Senior Health Specialist, East Asia and the Pacific Region, World Bank (Task Team Leader) 

Nga Thi Nguyen
Senior Social Protection Specialist, East Asia and the Pacific Region, World Bank (Task Team Leader)  *online participation

Tran Bich Thuy
Country Director, Viet Nam, HelpAge International   *online participation 

Yuji Takeshita
Representative of Nepal, Shapla Neer   *online participation

Yasuko Hara
General Manager, MuranoMirai   *online participation

Yolanda Azarcon
PHRD and JSDF Administrator, World Bank

Koichi Omori
Senior External Affairs Officer, World Bank

and others


To participate, please register via online form posted on this website.  Please indicate your preferred mode of participation.


  • DATE/TIME: 2pm-4pm, Tuesday March 26, 2024 (JST)
  • FORMAT: Hybrid
  • VENUE (Participation at venue in person): World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (Please refer "ACCESS" in RELATED below)
  • WEBEX Webinar information for online participation: Webex link will be sent later to the registered participants.
  • LANGUAGE: English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • REGISTRATION: To participate, please register through the form below. If the registration form does not work, please email to the contact address with your full name, company name, division name and email address.
  • CONTACT: Koichi Omori, World Bank Tokyo Office