Since its establishment, the International Institute on Ageing, United Nations-Malta (INIA) has played a key role in developing international capacity on ageing in low-income countries and countries with economies in transition and has made every possible effort to assist these states in combating the economic, social and health problems that result from an ageing population.
The main task of INIA is to help in the preparation and creation of multidisciplinary training programs in gerontology and geriatrics, to become a link between developed and developing countries in the field of experience and scientific data exchange on aging.
Over the past quarter century, the International Institute on Ageing has gained tremendous experience in organizing training programs in the field of ageing policy development, building services for the older persons and a practical approach to their implementation. Such programs are organized all over the world, the first of them was held in Cape Town in 1995. Since then, the number of 'in-situ' educational programs has increased significantly. To date, the International Institute on Ageing has run 129 'in-situ' programs in 30 low-income and emerging economies, involving more than 3,000 Gerontology and Geriatric professionals.
Together with the St. Petersburg Institute of Bioregulation and Gerontology, INIA specialists successfully organized and conducted 7 international training programs on Gerontology andGeriatrics in the Russian Federation, thereby creating optimal conditions for the advanced training of specialists working in the field of Gerontology and Geriatrics in our country.