In 2012, ADI and the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly published a seminal report, ‘Dementia: a public health priority’ to raise awareness of dementia as a public health priority. The report articulates the need for a public health approach around advocacy, at both international and national levels, and which is based on evidence, equity, inclusion and integration.
Five years later, the Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 specified the need for dementia plans in each country – specifying seven key action areas for countries to consider when developing their – the first of which focuses on ensuring that dementia is a public health priority. The high global prevalence of dementia and the associated stigma, as well as the significant economic impact on families, caregivers and communities present a significant public health challenge in all countries.
In an effort to address the ongoing need to articulate the urgency around dementia as a public health priority, ADI publishes a yearly update on the Global action plan, called From Plan to Impact. The report provides a critical update on progress and also highlights key challenges and opportunities – as well as success stories of government action.