Advocating around the world in 31 Days: A round-up of global action in March 2024 

From symposiums and conferences to high-level meetings and webinars, ADI delegates around the world have taken part in dynamic global efforts to improve the lives of those living with dementia and carers throughout the month of March.

March has been a month marked by dynamic global efforts by ADI’s international team to improve the lives of those living with dementia and carers. From symposiums and conferences to high-level meetings and webinars, ADI delegates and partners around the world have come together to address the multifaceted challenges posed by dementia and explore innovative solutions.  


AD/PD Lisbon, Portugal 

On 8 March, ADI Deputy CEO Chris Lynch participated in the International Conference on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases (AD/PD 2024) in Lisbon, Portugal. In a symposium attended by over 900 delegates, titled ‘Shaping the Future of Drug Development in AD and PD: Advancing People-Centred Care for Tomorrow’ Chris engaged in conversation with Josefa Domingos, President of Parkinson Europe, advocating for the inclusion of people living with the two diseases and carers, to always be placed at the heart of research, and suggesting a skilled level navigator solution to an often-chaotic post diagnosis experience of navigating health and care. 


CONy Conference in London 

In London, UK, Paola Barbarino, CEO of ADI, delivered a presentation at the CONy Conference titled “The Impossible Pricing of Anti-Amyloid Medication: A Global Challenge”. Paola used this platform to highlight the complexities surrounding the affordability and accessibility of new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease, stressing the need for sustainable pricing models to ensure equitable access to treatments while supporting future research and development efforts. 


 Strengthening Collaborations in Asia Pacific 

ADI continued its collaboration with the World Health Organization’s South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO), with ADI Regional Director of Asia Pacific DY Suharya delivering a webinar for 11 member states including: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, Maldives, Thailand and North Korea.  

Additionally, DY conducted a high profile meeting and timely discussion with Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad, Ministry of Health of Malaysia, to strengthen efforts in addressing dementia. The dialogue centered on the framework of the National Dementia Plan due to be launched this year. 


World Dementia Council Summit in London 

Towards the end of March, ADI participated in the World Dementia Council Summit in London. Deputy CEO Chris Lynch contributed to a session examining the post-diagnostic experience and the future of dementia care. With a focus on scaling up affordable and high-quality care, the summit explored the intersection of innovation, treatment, and care delivery in response to evolving healthcare landscapes. 


C20 Steering Committee Inception Meeting in Recife, Brazil: Advancing Inclusive Solutions  

Finally, ADI Regional Director for the Americas, Diego Aguilar and Elaine Mateus, Director of Febraz, ADI’s Brazilian member association, joined the Steering Committee for the C20 Brazil Inception Meeting,  to facilitate discussions on integrated health solutions for all. As part of ADI’s commitment to global action, the meeting underscored the importance of inclusive and sustainable approaches to address the diverse needs of individuals living with dementia worldwide. 


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