The ILA has actively promoted the subject of healthy longevity in different WHO frameworks, including WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health, WHO Work Program, and WHO International Classification of Diseases.
Thus, in 2015 the ILA initiated a number of events, dedicated to support the development of longevity technologies, and took part in public discussion of the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Aging.
In 2017, ILA was one of the leading organizations in the global campaign to include healthy aging and longevity into the 13th WHO work program for 2019-2023. The campaign was successful and the issue of healthy aging was for the first time included in the WHO work program thanks to longevity activism.
In 2018, the ILA made yet another impact on global health policy. Largely thanks to the efforts of ILA experts and advocates, aging was included as a modifier into the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases ICD-11 system, which may encourage investment and focus for addressing aging-related ill health.
In 2020, an article on classification of aging as a disease in the ICD-11 system “Aging Fits the Disease Criteria of the International Classification of Diseases” was published in the scientific journal Mechanisms of Aging and Development, following the inclusion of aging into the ICD-11 classification system mainly thanks to the ILA initiative. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0047637420300257?via%3Dihub& https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(18)30214-6/fulltext