The new demands of aging and the ICD-11: Perspectives from the Americas

The new demands of aging and the ICD-11: Perspectives from the Americas

August 19th, 10:30-12:00 Washington, DC time

Webinar video

The Department of Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health (EIH/HA) and the Department of Family, Health Promotion and Life Course, Healthy Life Course Unit (FPL/HL) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) carried out the Webinar: "The new demands of aging and the ICD-11: Perspectives from the Americas”. 

The WHO Family of International Classifications (FIC) includes a set of classifications that provide the conceptual framework for classifying and coding a wide range of health-related information, such as: diagnoses, causes of death, functioning, disability, reasons to contact health services, medical procedures etc. The use of these classifications aims to establish a common language to describe the health of the population, generate information and analyze it. One of the main classifications of the FIC is the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), which has a wide global implementation. 

In May 2019, the WHO member states approved the 11th Revision of the ICD (ICD-11) to enter into force on January 1, 2022. This 11th Revision is the result of unprecedented collaboration with physicians, statisticians, and classification and information technology experts around the world, so it can be used by these groups as well as coders. Furthermore, the ICD -11 is a product that is easy to use in electronic environments, accompanied by a set of tools to facilitate its implementation. One of the innovations from the ICD-11 is the maintenance platform ( that allows different users to include their observations and suggestions for changes and corrections. 

The Decade of Healthy Aging (2021-2030) approved in 2020 by WHO and the United Nations is a unique opportunity to strengthen work in the area of aging and highlights the efforts towards the way of thinking, feeling and acting with regard to age and aging. 

It is important that experts in aging and classifications work together to promote required and necessary changes for the generation of health information and its efficient analysis for public policy and the promotion of healthy aging. The purpose of this seminar was to promote a discussion among experts from the Region on the new demands of aging and the ICD-11 to promote the dissemination of participation mechanisms for proposals on the topic of interest. 


10:30 - 10: 40 AM: Welcome and introduction Dr. Sebastián García-Saiso Director EIH, PAHO/OMS

10: 40 - 10: 50 AM: The WHO Family of International Classifications. Why it is important? Dr. Patricia Nilda Soliz Sánchez EIH, PAHO/WHO

10: 50 - 11:05 AM: The ICD-11 challenges, innovations, and opportunities in its implementation Dr. Vilma Gawryszewski Advisor, Health information and analysis EIH, PAHO/WHO

11:05 - 11:55 AM: Panel: The ICD-11 and the management of aspects related to Aging

Moderator: Dr. Enrique Vega Unit chief, Healthy life course FPL/HL, PAHO/WHO

Dr. Jose Ricardo Jauregui (Argentina). President elect. International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG)

Dr. Amanda Guadalupe Navarro Robles Titular Member of the Mexican Center of Classifications and Collaborating Center of the WHO International Family of Classifications in Mexico

Dr. Luis Miguel Gutierrez Director, National Institute of Geriatrics in Mexico

11:55 - 12:00 PM: Conclusions and Recommendations Dr. Andres de Francisco Director FPL, PAHO/WHO