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WHO adopts global plan on dementia

29th May 2017

After ten years of continuous advocacy by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) for a global response to the growing dementia crisis, the World Health Organization (WHO) has adopted today a global plan on dementia.
It calls on governments to meet targets for the advancement of dementia awareness, risk reduction, diagnosis, care and treatment, support for care partners and research. The plan was approved at the 70th World Health Assembly, taking place in Geneva.  
Only 29 governments out of the 194 WHO member states have developed a plan on dementia. The global plan supports the urgent message that governments must implement their own plan or policies and that these must be funded, implemented and monitored.   
Paola Barbarino, CEO of ADI, said: “Governments need to act now. We have a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to dramatically change the attitude to dementia from fear and inaction, to fighting back, understanding, inclusion and support.”  
Read ADI's full press release here
For more information, please contact James Smith, Communications and Administration Coordinator Alzheimer’s Disease International, +44 (0) 20 79810880,  


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