Positive global developments for National Dementia Plans – ALZ

Positive global developments for National Dementia Plans

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The month of March has marked significant progress in the development and implementation of National Dementia Plans (NDPs), with the #WhatsYourPlan campaign leading to the launch of plans in Uruguay and Armenia, bringing the total number of WHO Member States with NDPs to 41.

March has seen promising developments towards achieving universal coverage with National Dementia Plans (NDPs) worldwide. Uruguay and Armenia announced the launch of their NDPs on March 9th and 20th respectively, while Bosnia and Herzegovina has been actively developing their NDP in partnership with relevant government departments.

The progress in Uruguay and Armenia follows over a year of advocacy efforts led by ADI and its members, Asociación Uruguaya de Alzheimer y Similares and Alzheimer’s Care Armenia, as part of the #WhatsYourPlan campaign.

The #WhatsYourPlan campaign was launched in response to the lack of NDP implementation by WHO Member States, 20 of which committed to developing an NDP by 2025, as per the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Action Plan on dementia. The campaign aims to encourage governments around the world to prioritise the development of comprehensive NDPs to support those living with dementia and their carers, and to address the growing challenge that dementia presents to wider society. Uruguay launched its NDP on March 9, which detailed several strategies and actions to enhance dementia diagnosis, care, and support within the country. In October 2022, ADI CEO Paola Barbarino met with Dr Daniel Salinas, the Minister of Health, to discuss the significance of implementing a plan, after which Dr Salinas and members of the Ministry of Health committed to developing a NDP by February 2023. During the launch of Uruguay’s NDP on 9 March, the Ministry of Health outlined a range of strategies and actions to improve dementia diagnosis, care and support in the country. In October 2021, ADI CEO Paola Barbarino met with Dr Daniel Salinas, the Minister of Health, in Uruguay to discuss the importance of implementing a plan. Following their discussions, Dr Salinas and members of the Ministry of Health committed to developing an NDP by February 2023.

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