Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has published its “From Plan to Impact” report providing an overview of the implementation of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Global action plan on the public health response to dementia”. This report monitors the stages of creation and implementation of national dementia plans, as well as providing examples of from around the world related to the seven action areas of the WHO’s action plan.
Some of the key points of the ADI report include:
• Only 39 WHO member states have developed national dementia plans, despite all 194 member states committing to developing such policies in 2017
• 35 new plans are needed annually to reach the WHO target of 146 plans (75% of member states) by 2025
• The number of people living with is expected to rise to 139 million in 2050, according to most recent WHO figures
• The global contribution of informal carers for people living with dementia is worth 133 billion unpaid hours each year (about eight hours a day per carer)
• Older people with dementia continue to be vulnerable to COVID-19 two years on, while many, including carers, have experienced increased isolation as a result of pandemic management policies.
The full report is available at: https://www.alzint.org/resource/from-plan-to-impact-v/