Mental health

World Health Assembly endorses global action plan on dementia

WHO/G. McKell

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.

The Global Dementia Observatory

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.

WHO iSupport: E-programme for Caregivers of People Living with Dementia

Jonas Wresch / HelpAge International

January 2017 - Millions of people provide care for people with dementia globally. Caregiving impacts are overwhelming: the deterioration of caregiver’s physical and mental health, lost productivity as caregivers are forced to quit work, and staggering economic consequences.

To support family members and friends caring for someone living with dementia, WHO is developing an e-programme to enhance self-help, skills, and support in collaboration with international partners. This tool will become available via personal computers, tablets and smartphones.