2020 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation

The HAPI trophy, designed by glass artist Mieko Noguchi.

About the Award

HAPI is an award program designed to recognize and amplify innovative policies, programs, services, and products that address the challenges facing aging societies. 

This prize is an initiative of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), carried out under the auspices of the Japanese government’s Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN). The selection of awardees was carried out by an international committee of experts.

The first recipients of the award were presented at an online event on July 31, 2020. Watch the winners’ s videos below and read more about these and other innovations in the Innovative Cases section of this website. Click here to view the announcement on ERIA’s website.

Congratulations to all of our winners! 


Technology & Innovation


Buddy HomeCare: Community-Based Healthcare Management and Monitoring System

Buddy HomeCare has developed a mobile app–based system for healthcare management and monitoring, including health screenings, individual healthcare program design, and follow-up. This technology serves as the key tool in a program that provides impoverished youth with training to be caregivers, while also providing older people with cost-effective, high-quality homecare services.

Community-Based Initiatives


The Intergenerational Self-Help Club (ISHC) Development Model

Since 2006, HelpAge International in Vietnam and local partners have piloted the ground-breaking Intergenerational Self-Help Club (ISHC) model—community-based organizations that promote healthy longevity through a range of inter-generational activities. The ISHCs now number nearly 3,000 nationwide and have become the largest care providers in the country.

Supporting Self-Reliance


Preventing Stroke Recurrence through a Hospital–Local Government Partnership to Support Patient Self-Management

The city of Komagane partnered with the Showa Inan General Hospital on an initiative to help stroke patients better manage their health to prevent recurrence. Skilled professionals work with patients and their families at the hospital, engaging them in setting and managing their own health goals, providing an app to monitor their daily condition, and consulting with them for the first year following discharge.


Bueng Yitho Municipality | Thailand  

STRONG Model Program

Grundtvig.inc | Japan

The Housing Complex as One Big Family / grundtvig.inc

Help Without Frontiers Foundation; forOldy Project | Thailand

forOldy Grandpa and Grandma Shop

Indonesia Ramah Lansia (IRL Foundation) | Indonesia

Indonesia Elderly Friendly Community Program

Korea Association of Senior Welfare Centers (KASWC)  | South Korea

KB Good Memory School: A Senior Center–Based Dementia Prevention Program

SmartPeep | Malaysia

SmartPeep AI Elderly-Sitter System

Vietnam Association of the Elderly | Vietnam

Bright Eyes Program for Older People in Vietnam

Meet the Artist

The HAPI trophy was designed by Mieko Noguchi, an award-winning glass artist from Japan. As a child, Ms. Noguchi was fascinated by the way that glass could twist, reflect, and refract the light. Her unique creations have earned her numerous awards, including the 4th Asia Cosmopolitan Award Cultural Prize. For more, visit www.miekonoguchi.com.