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Alzheimer Europe supports joint statements at WHO Europe RC 71

Monday 13 September 2021

Alzheimer Europe has joined with other international and European non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in submitting joints statements to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 71st Regional Committee for Europe, held between 13 and 15 September. The first statement, signed by World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), Alzheimer Europe, EuroHealthNet and Mental Health Europe (MHE), focuses on the WHO’s Mental Health Coalition programme, making a number of calls, including the importance of a psychosocial approach to treatment and management, the need to embed the economy of wellbeing in systems and mobilising funds for mental health reforms. Importantly, it also calls for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to be recognised within the programme (as they fall within the remit of mental health in the WHO).

Alzheimer Europe also supported a statement led by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA), and signed by 25 NGOs, thanking the WHO for the renewal of recognition of Non-State Actors (NSAs), as well as highlighting the constructive role of NSAs in contributing to the work of the WHO. 

The joint statement on the Mental Health Coalition can be found here: https://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/511728/ai7-MHE-joint-statement.pdf

The joint statement on re-accreditation can be found here: https://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/511731/ai12-EUPHA-joint-statement.pdf

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