Dementia: a public health priority was jointly prepared by the World Health Organization and ADI. It provides the most authoritative overview of the impact of dementia worldwide. In addition to valuable best practices and practical case studies from around the world, it contains the most comprehensive collection of data, including hard-to-get statistics from low- and middle-income countries
Dr. Yasmin Raashid, Patron of Alzheimer’s Pakistan made a presentation and highlighted the key messages of this report and requested the Foreign Minister for her help in the development of national dementia strategy. Mr. Zia Haider Rizvi, the president of Alzheimer’s Pakistan requested the media to help in raising the awareness on Alzheimer’s disease. He requested the government to provide services to people with dementia and their carers. Frank Schaper, CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia WA said that it has been a privilege working with Alzheimer’s Pakistan and its dedicated team to help them improve their services in the Pakistan. He said that the teams from Australia visit Pakistan on regular basis and provide technical support to Alzheimer’s Pakistan to improve its services.
During his speech, Mr. Peter Heyward said that he was impressed by the vibrant volunteer sector in Pakistan and had no doubts that Alzheimer’s Pakistan would be able to establish international standard dementia care facilities in the country. He further said that he would play his role in further strengthening the partnership between Alzheimer’s Pakistan and Alzheimer’s Australia WA to providing services for people with dementia and their families.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Hina Rabbani said that she is a lifelong volunteer for Alzheimer’s Pakistan. She assured that she would continue to support the cause of Alzheimer’s disease at all forums. Ms. Rabbani said that the government of Pakistan is working towards providing best of healthcare to its people and she will make sure that the government works hand in hands with Alzheimer’s Pakistan in serving the people with dementia and their families. She also promised that her ministry would also work towards putting a resolution to the WHO to make Dementia a global priority. She further said that she will assist Alzheimer’s Pakistan in developing and implementing a national dementia strategy.