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Alzheimer Europe meets with WHO Europe Regional Director

Wednesday 26 May 2021

On May 26, Alzheimer Europe had a meeting with Dr Hans Kluge, Regional Director, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. In attendance from Alzheimer Europe were:

  • Iva Holmerová, Chairperson
  • Jim Pearson, Honorary Secretary
  • Jean Georges, Executive Director
  • Owen Miller, Policy Officer.

During the meeting, Alzheimer Europe and Dr Kluge discussed the position of dementia policy, noting the positive developments at a global level (including the global action plan on dementia, the Global Dementia Observatory etc.), as well as the excellent working relationship between the WHO, WHO Europe and Alzheimer Europe. Alzheimer Europe expressed its hope that dementia could receive a similar level of focus at the WHO Europe level, noting the high mortality rate from dementia in the WHO Europe region, whilst also suggesting the value of a dedicated person to address dementia across different WHO Europe workstreams.

Dr Kluge acknowledged the importance of dementia as a health priority, identifying areas where dementia will be a key area of focus (including through a roadmap on healthy ageing, the coalition of stakeholders on mental health etc.), whilst also suggesting there would be opportunities for Alzheimer Europe to play a greater contributing role in this work. Alzheimer Europe and WHO Europe agreed to continue to share relevant information and developments and identify future areas for collaboration.