Mental health

Towards a dementia plan: a WHO guide

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 78
Publication date: 2018
Languages: English
ISBN: 978–92–4–151413–2



Towards a dementia plan: a WHO guide provides useful information to Member States for creating and operationalizing a dementia plan. This might involve developing a new, stand-alone dementia plan, strengthening an existing dementia plan, or integrating dementia into existing dementia-related plans.

The guide is closely linked to WHO’s Global Dementia Observatory (GDO) and includes associated tools such as a checklist to guide the preparation, development and implementation of a dementia plan as well as stakeholder mapping and priority setting. The guide seeks to strike a balance between generic recommendations and practical, how-to advice.

Government representatives working in dementia-related ministries are the primary target audience of the guide. However, the guide might also be of interest to other stakeholders such as people with dementia and their carers, nongovernmental organizations, service providers or researchers.

A look inside

Towards a dementia plan: a WHO guide organizes the process of creating a dementia plan into three phases:

  • Phase A: preparing for the dementia plan;
  • Phase B: developing the dementia plan; and
  • Phase C: implementing the dementia plan.

Each phase is divided into a series of steps that include practical tips and lessons learned from both the literature and country experiences.