1 June 2018 – Only a few countries currently have formulated national dementia plans, despite approximately fifty million people worldwide living with dementia.
Member States are urged to build comprehensive, multisectoral public policy responses to improve quality of life, enhance equitable access to services and reduce stigma and social isolation for people with dementia and their carers.
A new WHO publication assists Member States in formulating this response, through a multiphased approach.
7 December 2017 - The Global Dementia Observatory, a web-based platform launched today, will track progress on the provision of services for people with dementia and for those who care for them, both within countries and globally. It will monitor the presence of national policy and plans, risk reduction measures and infrastructure for providing care and treatment. Information on surveillance systems and disease burden data is also included.
29 May 2017 - Delegates at the World Health Assembly today endorsed a global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 and committed to developing ambitious national strategies and implementation plans. The global plan aims to improve the lives of people with dementia, their families and the people who care for them, while decreasing the impact of dementia on communities and countries. It provides a comprehensive blueprint for action, in areas such as: increasing awareness of dementia and establishing dementia-friendly initiatives; reducing the risk of dementia; diagnosis, treatment and care; research and innovation; and support for dementia carers.
January 2017 - The Global Dementia Observatory (GDO) is being developed by WHO to facilitate countries in strengthening their systems to support people with dementia and their families.
The GDO aims to facilitate the sharing of best practices, evidence-based service planning and strengthening of policies by providing easy access to a range of key dementia statistics and WHO’s analyses to monitor global, regional and national progress and trends in the area of dementia.
50 millionApproximately 50 million people worldwide have dementia.Fact sheet: dementia
$818 billionThe majority of care is provided by family carers.Fact sheet: dementia
7th Dementia is now the 7th leading cause of death.Fact sheet: The top 10 causes of death
Dementia is an umbrella term for several diseases affecting memory, other cognitive abilities and behaviour that interfere significantly with a person’s ability to maintain their activities of daily living. Although age is the strongest known risk factor for dementia, it is not a normal part of ageing.
WHO is working very closely with Member States and other relevant stakeholders to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers, while decreasing the impact of dementia on communities and countries.
WHO guidelines on risk reduction of cognitive decline and dementia
WHO’s first Global Epilepsy Report
WHO, in collaboration with the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE), will release the first Global Epilepsy Report in 2019. To support investment in reducing the burden of epilepsy, the report calls for accelerated action to make epilepsy a public health priority.