ADI appoints Regional Director for the Americas

9 October 2017 – Joost Martens has been appointed as Alzheimer’s Disease International’s (ADI) Regional Director for the Americas, based in El Salvador. The role will actively support and strengthen the role of Alzheimer associations and response to dementia in Andean, Caribbean, Central, Latin, North and South American countries.

Joost has close to 30 years of experience working in in development and humanitarian preparedness and assistance, including as Regional Director of HelpAge International and Oxfam Great Britain. His position will encourage government and civil society action for the development of national plans on dementia, in response to the first regional plan on dementia adopted by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in 2015 and Global plan adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2017.

Dementia affects over 9 million people in the Americas. Latin American countries in the region are expected to see the greatest increase in numbers of people living with dementia in the world by 2050.

The position was created following the success of ADI’s first Regional Office, established in Asia Pacific in 2013.

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