WHO Adopts Global Action Plan on Public Health Response to Dementia
World Health Organization: Seventieth World Assembly adopted the Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia 2017-2025 on May 29 2017
The Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia 2017-2025 has been adopted. The plan covers seven (7) broad areas as a framework for governments to implement as a public health response to address the needs of persons living with dementia. The areas covered are:
- Dementia as a public health priority
- Dementia awareness and friendliness
- Dementia risk reduction
- Dementia diagnosis, treatment, care and support
- Support for dementia carers
- Information systems for dementia
- Dementia research and innovation
Alzheimer Associations across the globe were anxiously waiting the adoption of this Global Action Plan after years of advocacy led by the Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) the Federation of Associations of which Alzheimer’s Jamaica is a member.
This Plan is an important one given the ageing population of our country. Associations like us have been working raising awareness and providing support for persons living with dementia and their carers with the support of organizations, private sector and government agencies.
We now look forward to working with our Government in collaboration with other stakeholders to make Dementia a Public Health Priority and to develop a National Dementia Strategic Plan to address the needs of persons living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia related disorders; the improvement of the healthcare delivery system, as well as provide support for caregivers. There is No Time to Lose.
Read more via the World Health Organization (WHO) and Alzheimer Disease International