£7.7 million study to strengthen responses to dementia in developing countries

27 September 2017 – The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and Dementia Alliance International (DAI) will lead a £7.7 million project to build research capacity and provide much-needed evidence on dementia care in seven low and middle-income countries.

The project, called STRiDE (Strengthening responses to dementia in developing countries), will be led by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at LSE and will also include the Universities of Sussex and Cape Town to examine current practice, both at a national level and for individual families, to help people living with dementia to live well, and to ensure that family and other carers do not face excessive costs that could impoverish them or compromise their own health. A core activity will be to understand the impact of dementia in various cultural, social and economic contexts in order to support development and evaluation of national plans. STRiDE pilot countries include Brazil, India, Indonesian, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, and South Africa.

Paola Barbarino, CEO of Alzheimer’s Disease International, says: "The STRiDE project will give a deeper insight into each nation's economic challenges related to public health and dementia. This will better prepare us for the challenge of finding and proposing national solutions  to governments.”




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