WHO global plan on dementia

The Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 was adopted by WHO Member States at the 70th World Health Assembly in May 2017.

The plan follows 10 years of advocacy for a global repsonse to dementia by Alzheimer's Disease International and people living with dementia wordlwide.

These pages explain why this plan is important and the steps governments should take to support it.

Global plan materials

The World Health Organization (WHO) marked World Alzheimer’s Day 2017 with the publication of new materials on the Global plan, produced in partnership with ADI.

The materials include a new infographic on the global impact of dementia, and factsheets on the importance of the 2017 global plan for civil society, policy makers, health and social care professionals and people living with dementia.

ADI played an active role in the development of the materials, that relate the global targets of the plan into an accessible format. Paola Barbarino, CEO, said, “It is fantastic to see the launch of such important materials by our colleagues at the WHO. The publication of these materials on World Alzheimer’s Day is a timely reminder that governments must act now to address dementia in every country.”

Adoption at the 70th World Health Assembly, May 2017

The Global plan was adopted on 29 May 2017, following the positive support of 21 governments at the World Health Assembly. You can read the decision here.

Paola Barbarino, CEO, welcomed the adoption of the plan in Geneva, stating that it marked the start of a new era for people living with dementia, their care partners and families: "I would like to thank the WHO and all the nations who have helped us get this far. We particularly welcome the recognition in the plan of the human rights of people with dementia and the potential of dementia friendly communities to give those rights practical effect."

A side event to the Assembly, 'New opportunities from the Global plan on dementia' was held ahead of the adoption of the plan, hosted by ADI, Dementia Allliance International and Global Alzheimer's and Dementia Action Alliance (GADAA) in partnership with the Swiss Federal Office of Health on 25 May 2017.

140th Session of the WHO Executive Board, January 2017

The WHO Executive Board recommended that the Draft global plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 be put before all WHO Member States at the 70th World Health Assembly in May. The decision was made after a statement was delivered by ADI at the 140th session of the Board in Geneva.

The meeting followed the publication of a first draft of the plan in December 2016, after consultation on a 'Zero draft' of the plan by non-state actors including ADI and partners Dementia Alliance International in 2016.

ADI published a statement welcoming the draft, urging that member states prepare now to meet the targets of the plan in partnership with people with dementia, their care partners and Alzheimer associations everywhere.

Joint response to the Global plan, October 2016

ADI and other key stakeholders including people with dementia were consulted on 7 key areas of the plan, including dementia treatment and research, improving awareness, dementia friendliness, risk reduction, information and care and support.

ADI, Dementia Alliance International (DAI), Alzheimer Europe and Global Alzheimer’s and Dementia Action Alliance (GADAA) submitted a joint formal response to the plan in October 2016, including feedback from more than 40 Alzheimer associations in Sub Saharan Africa, the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Presentations and articles

A number of presentations and articles have been made on the importance of the Global plan by ADI staff and representatives of Alzheimer associations.

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