GADAA members joined a webinar on 11 October focusing on the WHO Global Plan of Action on Dementia.
The webinar was led by Marc Wortman, CEO of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI). ADI is a co-founder of the Global Alzheimer’s & Dementia Action Alliance and the World Health Organisation (WHO) is a GADAA observer.
Dementia is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a public health priority and in May 2016 the WHO Executive Board agreed to develop a Global Plan of Action on Dementia for consideration by the 70th World Health Assembly in May 2017. This is a ground breaking development and, if passed, sets the course for significantly greater global attention on dementia. The aim of the Global Plan is to urge a greater commitment by governments worldwide to develop and improve national dementia plans, care and support for people with dementia. The draft recognises the need for a broad spectrum of civil society to partner in the implementation of the plan.
Consultation on the WHO-led draft Global Plan of Action, open to WHO Member States and wider stakeholders, took place September – October 2016. The GADAA webinar was an opportunity to learn more about the global plan and to ensure GADAA members had an opportunity to contribute to the consultation.