News Release

World health and finance leaders gather in London for dementia summit

London, 19 June 2014

Alzheimer's Disease International calls for additional funding and stronger Alzheimer associations worldwide

Six months since the G8 summit on dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease International is participating in a follow-up conference in London, at which UK Prime Minister David Cameron and the recently appointed Global Dementia Envoy, Dr Dennis Gillings are speaking. Dr Gillings committed to looking at ways of bringing forward a global fund that could draw billions in private and public investment specifically focussed on dementia. The Prime Minister encouraged leading nations to follow the UK’s commitment.

Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Disease International, said:

“Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are global challenges that need global solutions. The UK is leading the global fight against dementia with the G7 countries and beyond and has almost doubled its budget for research funding since 2009, but other global partners will be crucial to fulfilling the promise of the Dementia Summit of December 2013.”

“Many government efforts are the result of the strong voice that was raised for people with dementia and their families by national Alzheimer associations and Societies. Public funding for dementia research also comes from Alzheimer associations and strengthening these associations in both higher and lower and middle-income countries is crucial for a successful approach to the dementia challenge in the years ahead. “

“Because of a sustained boost in funding for cancer over the past 40 years, many cancers can now be cured. We now need to see dementia given that same investment to deliver change for the 44 million people living with dementia worldwide.”

“The global cost of dementia in 2010 was $604 billion, more than any other single disease, yet we spend eight times less on research into the condition than we do on cancer.”

Alongside the Envoy, Alzheimer's Disease International will continue to lead, with its member associations, a global task force that focuses on facilitating research, developing dementia friendly communities and awareness initiatives, and improving health and social care systems.

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Notes to Editors

About Alzheimer’s Disease International

ADI is the international federation of 84 Alzheimer associations throughout the world. Each of our members is a non-profit Alzheimer association supporting people with dementia and their families.  ADI was founded in 1984 and registered as a non-profit organisation in the USA.  Based in London, ADI has been in official relations with the WHO since 1996 and has consultative status with the UN since 2012. 

ADI's vision is an improved quality of life for people with dementia and their families throughout the world. ADI believes that the key to winning the fight against dementia lies in a unique combination of global solutions and local knowledge. As such, it works locally, by empowering Alzheimer associations to promote and offer care and support for people with dementia and their family carers, while working globally to focus attention on dementia and campaign for policy change from governments.

For more information, visit www.alz.co.uk

UK Department of Health

Further information is available in a press release from the Department of Health