Mental health

Development of the Global Dementia Observatory

The Global Dementia Observatory (GDO) is a web-based data and knowledge exchange platform of key dementia information that is currently being developed by WHO.

Development of the GDO:

A draft framework and corresponding indicators have been pilot tested in 22 low-, middle- and high-income countries from all six WHO regions. Upon completion of the pilot phase, WHO organized a multi-sectoral, two-day consultation on the GDO which included focal points from pilot countries and other WHO Member States, technical experts and representatives from organizations such as Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND), Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI), Alzheimer Europe and the World Dementia Council. The aim of this consultation was to arrive at a common vision for the conceptual framework, the interactive knowledge exchange platform of the observatory and a way forward for the future development of the Observatory.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following donors: Canada, European Commission, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Conceptual framework:

The conceptual framework includes three strategic domains: policies; service delivery; and information & research and seven cross-cutting thematic areas:

  • Dementia as public health priority
  • Dementia awareness and dementia friendliness
  • Dementia risk reduction
  • Dementia diagnosis, treatment, care and support
  • Support for dementia carers
  • Information systems for dementia
  • Dementia research and innovation

The consultation aimed to identify a common vision that would inform the development of the GDO's conceptual framework and interactive knowledge exchange platform.

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