ADI urges WHO Europe to act on global plan

14 September 2017 – Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has urged the 67th meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) Committee for Europe to respond to the Global plan of action on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025.

The statement was delivered on behalf of ADI by Vanessa Challinor of Alzheimer Europe, to 53 governments attending the meeting in Budapest, Hungary. It highlights the need for every country to prioritise the development of a national response to dementia, including by mainstreaming data on dementia and enhancing prevention in-line with focus on all non-communicable diseases.

Paola Barbarino, CEO, said, "I am delighted that ADI had the opportunity to deliver this statement at this important meeting of the WHO in Europe. ADI continues to stand behind our members in the region to ensure that every govenment can shape the best possible response to the global plan."

There are over 10 million people living with dementia in Europe. ADI is disappointed that the agenda of the meeting contained no reference to the plan, and hopes that the statement will remind member states of the need to act on the urgent issue of dementia.

The global plan was adopted in May 2017 and is the single biggest opportunity to dramatically enhance the response to dementia globally. The plan calls for every member state to meet targets to reduce the impact of dementia through awareness, treatment and research, dementia friendliness, risk reduction, information and care and support. Regional offices of the WHO play a vital role in ensuring that member states meet the targets in every region by 2025.