ADI calls on urgent extension to WHO Global Action Plan

With only a fifth of WHO Member States meeting their commitments to the Global Action Plan on dementia, urgent action is needed to address the escalating global dementia crisis.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Action Plan on dementia is failing to meet its targets, putting people living with dementia and their carers at a disadvantage.  

With only 20% of WHO Member States having fulfilled their promise to create a National Dementia Plan (NDP) by 2025, ADI is calling for an extension to the Global Action Plan on the public health response to dementia at the 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva, ahead of the release of From Plan to Impact VI, which maps progress against the Global Action Plan.

The prevalence of dementia is rapidly increasing, with an estimated 55 million people currently affected, and up to 85% not receiving necessary treatment and support. The lack of progress in implementing NDPs is concerning, as it raises doubts about the accessibility of future dementia therapies and more.  Projections suggest that the number of people with dementia will reach 139 million by 2050, emphasising the urgent need for immediate action to address this global public health threat.