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WHO launches Global Dementia Observatory Knowledge Exchange Platform

Wednesday 05 May 2021

On 5 May 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched its Global Dementia Observatory Knowledge Exchange Platform (GDO KE Platform) during a one-hour webinar. The GDO KE Platform contains key resources to support the implementation of the Global action plan on the public heath response to dementia 2017-2025 and its seven action areas. It provides a space for stakeholders to share resources (e.g. policies, guidelines, case studies and examples of good practice) to facilitate mutual learning and promote the exchange of knowledge in the area of dementia.

All resources are submitted by users of the GDO KE Platform or any member of the general public. Resources are mapped to at least one of the strategic action areas of the global dementia action plan. Automated filters allow users to search for country, region or language-specific resources, narrow down their searches by types of resources (e.g. policies, trainings, tools, practice examples) and other filters.  

A comprehensive review process consisting of a panel of peer reviewers who are experts in the field of dementia, a Focus Group of people with lived experience of dementia and the WHO Secretariat ensure that selected resources meet quality and good practice criteria. Users of the platform are also invited to leave comments and rate the resources to further enhance the discussion about ways to promote and strengthen dementia practice. An online launch event was held which Jean Georges, Executive Director, and Owen Miller, Policy Officer were in attendance for Alzheimer Europe, whilst Helen Rochford-Brennan, a member of the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD), participated on a panel during the event. The Knowledge Exchange platform can be accessed at: https://globaldementia.org/en

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