Bulgaria agree to fund dementia medication

7 December 2012 - At a meeting of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, part of the United Nations' Economic and Social Council, a recommendation was made to the Bulgarian government to make dementia medication more accessible by including the costs within their social security scheme.

The meeting, which took place on 20 November 2012 to review Bulgaria's implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, was attended by a representative for Foundation Alzheimer Bulgaria who lobbied UN officials on the matter. During the meeting a representative for the Bulgarian government agreed that, from January 2013, funding for dementia medication would be covered in part by their public health system.

A report by Foundation Alzheimer Bulgaria, prepared ahead of the meeting, highlighted the current issues faced by those living with dementia in the country. The report included six recommendations, which were put forward to UN officials:

  1. Medication for people with dementia to be covered by the National Health Insurance Fund
  2. The adoption of a national dementia plan for Bulgaria
  3. Access to timely diagnosis, good quality care and support for people with dementia and their carers and an increase in research
  4. The establishment of day care centres and information and consultant centres with funding provided to Foundation Alzheimer Bulgaria to run these services
  5. The creation of national awareness campaigns to reduce stigma and increase knowledge
  6. Ensuring people with dementia are accepted and visible within society

Read the full United Nations report.