On 2 September 2021, approximately halfway into the implementation of the World Health Organization's Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia 2017-2025, the WHO published a Global Status Report on the Public Health Response to Dementia, which takes stock of actions driven by Member States, WHO and civil society, over the past 4 years.
The report identifies barriers to its implementation, including the COVID-19 pandemic, whilst also highlighting areas where urgent, accelerated actions are required.
The report includes updated estimates on dementia burden and costs globally based on 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 finding of the report is that whilst some progress has been made in recent years, urgent and concerted efforts are needed if the global dementia targets are to be reached by 2025.
The fully report can be found at: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240033245
An executive summary can be found at: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/344707/9789240034624-eng.pdf