On 2 October, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands hosted a high-level meeting in The Hague to highlight the importance of action to address the growing public health crisis that dementia presents, and foster greater cooperation between G20 countries, the healthcare sector, researchers and other important stakeholders.
ADI CEO, Paola Barbarino and ADI Deputy CEO, Chris Lynch were in attendance during this important event, alongside ADI Members from the UK, US, the Netherlands. During the session Paola contributed to a panel discussion on “Technology in care and support: Is innovation the route to accelerate improvements in the provision of care?”
Important direct action advocacy during the meeting lead for a call for the Global Action Plan on the public health response to dementia to be extended until 2035. The Global Action Plan on dementia remains the only international instrument of this nature to mandate a public health response to dementia in most countries globally. Therefore, an extension to the plan is of utmost importance.
ADI previously highlighted the necessity for action to avert the expiry of the plan in May 2023, through the launch of the report: From Plan to Impact VI. ADI continues to work with ADI Member associations, Member States and the Secretariat of the WHO to ensure the topic is on the agenda of the WHO Executive Board in January 2024.
For more information on the outcomes of the conference please read the communique below.