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WHO publishes Global Status report on dementia

Thursday 02 September 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a Global status report on the public health response to dementia”, which provides an overview of the implementation of the Global dementia action plan 2017-2025.

The report takes stock of actions by Member States, the WHO and civil society since the adoption of the global action plan in 2017, as well as highlighting barriers to its implementation (including the COVID-19 pandemic). Additionally, the report highlights areas where urgent, accelerated action is required to achieve the action plan’s 2025 targets.

The report also provides updated estimates of the prevalence of dementia and global costs, based on the WHO’s Global Health Estimates 2019 and the Global Burden of Disease study 2019. It also uses data submitted by 62 of WHO Member States to the Global Dementia Observatory. The key conclusion of the report is that whilst some progress is being made towards implementing the global action plan’s targets, work is urgently required in order to meet these objectives by 2025.

The full report can be found at: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240033245

The executive summary can be found at: https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/344707

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