2021 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.

In light of the unique challenges posed by COVID-19, particularly for older people, we are recognizing an additional three organizations with a Special Prize for COVID-19 Response.

Congratulations to all of our winners! 


Technology & Innovation

Tetsuyu Healthcare Holdings Pte Ltd | Singapore


CARES4WOUNDS uses digital technology and artificial intelligence to provide a comprehensive system for wound assessment and management. Chronic wounds are particularly prevalent among older people in care facilities and this innovation streamlines the process for evaluation and treatment.

Community-Based Initiatives (Tie)

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), Health Department | Thailand

The BMA Model for Preventative Long-Term Care

BMA is introducing the concept of preventative long-term care to Thai communities. The program aims to promote the physical and mental well-being through locomotion training and “cognicise” in almost 70 community sites across Bangkok.

Bueng Yitho Municipality Bueng Yitho Municipality, Thap Ma Municipality, Thammasat University, Yugawara Municipality, and NOGEZAKA-GLOCAL | Thailand

Framework to Spread the STRONG Model
Bueng Yitho municipality uses a bottom-up grassroots approach to provide a continuum of care for older people with a wide range of needs in their community. Based on the success of their program at the local level, they have developed a framework for disseminating STRONG to other local governments in Thailand.

Supporting Self-Reliance

Hatachi Industry, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, and Kosai Consultants | Thailand/Japan

Health Promotion for Elderly in Northeastern Thailand

Hatachi Industry has worked in close collaboration with Thai partners to transfer their know-how for a preventative care system that can meet the needs of older Thai people. The program has been particularly effective at identifying and supporting frail older people who may soon require nursing care.

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.