In the conference of Melborne, Australia in 2010, Help Age International proposed Myanmar for hosting the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Ageing 2012 since Myanmar was implementing home care services for elderly people as the ROK- ASEAN home care project. The department put it forward to the President Office through the Minister’s office. As per the permission from the President office, the conference was conducted at the Sedona Hotel from May (7 to 12), 2012. 120 Delegates, experts and older people who are working on this field from 28 countries in the Region were presenting in the conference.
The Union Minister for the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement delivered his speech in the opening ceremony on 8th.5.2012. As an agenda of the conference, field visits were arranged to Yangon and Ayeyarwaddy regions to study home care services there.
The conference was successfully completed due to the coordination and collaboration between the departments namely Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and resettlement, Department of Social Welfare, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Immigration. The other supporting agencies were HelpAge International, Newzealand Aid, Age UK, Htoo Foundation& Air Bagan.
It was very helpful for the elderly care services for getting chance of hosting the regional conference on ageing in Myanmar. For hosting the mentioned conference, the department got the chance to learn the policies for the elderly care services, strength and weakness of other countries for the same and chance to showcase our endeavors like OPSHGs and home care services.