African Regional Conference calls to raise priority of dementia

22 September 2016 - Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) and participants of the 3rd African Regional Conference issued a declaration today to raise the priority of dementia by adopting the principles of the WHO Call for Action issued at the First WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action against Dementia in 2015.

The declaration was made on the final day of the conference jointly organised by Alzheimer's Disease International and the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Nigeria (ADAN), attended by Alzheimer associations, experts and dignatories from around the world on the 20th to the 22nd September 2016. The opening ceremony was graced by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Olasupo Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I.

The statement was made by participants of the conference including representatives from Nigeria, Kenya, France, United States of America, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, Namibia, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa including the World Dementia Council, Kings College London and World Young Leaders in Dementia (WYLD).

Dementia affects more than 4 million people in Africa, and this is expected to double to 14 million by 2050. The cost of dementia care in 2015 was estimated to be US$ 21.6 billion in the African region - one of the greatest increases observed since 2010.


We, the participants at this Alzheimer’s Disease International African Regional Conference, propose to adopt the principles of the WHO Call for Action, issued March 2015, with the following 11 action points:

1. Raising priority of dementia at national and international forums
2. Strengthening capacity, leadership and governance, multi-sectorial action to
    accelerate responses to dementia
3. Promoting understanding and raising public awareness of dementia
4. Advancing prevention risk reduction, diagnosis and treatment of dementia
5. Facilitate technological and social innovation to meet the needs of people living with dementia
6. Increasing collective efforts and foster collaboration in research into dementia
7. Coordinated delivery of health and social care for people living with dementia and their families
8. Promoting a gender-sensitive approach to all aspects of life with dementia
9. Promoting work to overcome barriers to receiving dementia care
10. Strengthening international efforts to support plans and policies at all levels for people living with
    dementia, particularly in low-and middle-income countries.
11. Supporting leadership efforts of the WHO to promote and monitor global efforts to address

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