The Global Alzheimer’s & Dementia Action Alliance (GADAA) is no longer an active network.
GADAA was a network of international civil society organisations seeking to champion global action on dementia. By working together civil society can continue to amplify the number of voices advocating and educating on dementia to build commitment and action at a national and international level and to share best practice and learning.
Through GADAA we connected a broad spectrum of civil society organisations and actors interested in working in partnership on issues related to dementia. From international development organisations, health-focused NGOs, disability rights champions, human rights organisations, faith based groups, women’s organisations and beyond. The impact of dementia is cross-cutting and we all have a role to play in making the world a better place for people living with the condition, both now and in the future.
In 2013 world governments met in London at the G8 Dementia Summit hosted by the UK government. The summit put dementia firmly on the international agenda. The G8 Dementia Declaration set out clearly that to achieve the ambitions of the summit to improve dementia we have to “mainstream dementia” – to involve, as the summit did, a much wider coalition of government, business and civil society actors.
The Global Alzheimer’s & Dementia Action Alliance (GADAA) was launched at a World Health Assembly meeting in spring 2014 in order to meet this challenge – to champion global action on dementia and to support NGOs in responding.
The UK Department of Health provided valuable support in the establishment of GADAA and, alongside the World Health Organisation, as a GADAA observer.
Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s Disease International, Age International and Dementia Alliance International formed the GADAA Steering Committee. The Steering Committee provided overall strategic direction of GADAA.
Alzheimer’s Society hosted the GADAA secretariat.