WHO adopt global plan proposal

8 June 2016 – The Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) have adopted a proposal to develop a global plan on dementia.

The unanimous decision at the meeting on 30 May followed the involvement of ADI and 12 countries at a successful side event on dementia during the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA). ADI have been instrumental in calling for a resolution on dementia and a proposal to develop a global plan on dementia received critical support from the governments of Switzerland and Dominican Republic, with support from all 194 of the member countries represented at the WHA.

Joint statements from the European Union, Middle East and African countries were made, with 38 countries speaking during the agenda item and 28 co-sponsoring the proposal.

This fantastic news brings us closer to the reality of a WHO Resolution that will go further in committing countries to tackle dementia. Discussions have so far been in hands of governments and, although ADI was able to make a statement, we hope that this will now pave the way for the involvement of stakeholders including people with dementia, family carers, academia and Alzheimer associations.

A WHO global plan will urge a greater commitment by governments worldwide to develop and improve National Dementia Plans, care and support for people with dementia, including the involvement of key stakeholders such as people with dementia and Alzheimer associations globally.

We are excited to follow up on this, working closely with our members and Dementia Alliance International as well as Alzheimer Europe and Alzheimer Iberoamerica.

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