ADI calls on WHO for dementia inclusion in NCD plan

6 March 2013 - Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) has today called on the World Health Organization to include dementia surveillance in a new global action plan on non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The NCD global action plan follows a period of discussion beginning with the United Nations' (UN) High Level Meeting on NCDs in September 2011 during which UN member states specifically added Alzheimer's disease to the NCD agenda.

The current action plan contains no mention of Alzheimer's disease or dementia, although there is growing evidence of it sharing some of the fundamental risk factors as those conditions included in the plan. There is now increasing information available to suggest that diabetes, one of the four NCDs included in the plan, can greatly increase the risk of dementia.

Read the full letter to WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan