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Alzheimer's Disease International supports the creation of high-level plans to deal with the large and growing impact of dementia worldwide.
The following pages include information on national and sub-national plans on dementia by country and the development of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Action Plan on the Public Heath Response to Dementia 2017-2025.
WHO global plan on dementia
Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has long advocated for the adoption of a Global Plan of Action on Dementia by the World Health Organisation (WHO). A draft plan, the Global Plan of Action on the Public Health Response to Dementia 2017-2025, is now being developed by WHO Member States for possible adoption in May 2017.
The global plan follows the first regional plan on dementia in the Americas, adopted by the The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) in October 2015.
National Dementia Plans
Unlike international initiatives, these plans are capable of addressing the problem using a system tailored to the unique culture and demographics of each country.
A comprehensive government plan to address the needs of people with dementia can provide a mechanism to consider collectively a range of issues including promoting public awareness of dementia and improving the quality of health care, social care and long-term care support and services for people living with dementia and their families.
In 2016 and 2017, ADI undertook a review of existing national and sub-national dementia plans from around the world in relation to intellectual developmental disabilities and dementia, early detection and diagnosis, involvement of people with dementia and training. The resulting information has been transferred into a series of small papers that provide a detailed overview and comparison of the approaches taken by governments.