New ADI report on the 2nd anniversary of the Global plan on dementia calls for urgent action

21 May 2019 – A new report has been published by ADI to mark the 2nd anniversary of the adoption of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025.

From Plan to Impact II: the urgent need for action will be launched at a side event to the 72nd World Health Assembly on the evening of 21 May 2019, featuring a panel of high-level governmental and industry representatives, including experts from Japan, Qatar, WHO and Dementia Alliance International.

The report contains an update on the progress towards target one of the Global plan, which calls for 146 WHO Member States to develop plans, policies or other frameworks on dementia by 2025, and features case studies on plans adopted and in development around the world. To date, national plans have been developed by only 26 WHO Member States. In the last two years only two countries (Chile and Qatar) have created plans, meaning at the current rate the 2025 target will not be reached.

ADI’s CEO Paola Barbarino said: “Two years on from the commitment made by 194 Member States at the World Health Assembly, the pace of progress is still too slow. World governments must recognise the crisis we’re facing now and proactively work to ensure they’re prepared for the dementia emergency at a national level.”

In 2017, the WHO adopted the Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 at the 70th World Health Assembly. Action areas of the Global plan also include awareness and dementia friendliness, risk reduction, diagnosis and treatment, care and support, information systems, research and innovation. 

Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia. ADI urges that every government develops, allocates funding and monitors a plan on dementia, and dedicates attention to the seven action areas of the Global plan.

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