The Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 was adopted by World Health Organization (WHO) Member States at the 70th World Health Assembly in May 2017.
The plan followed 10 years of advocacy for a global response to dementia by Alzheimer’s Disease International and others worldwide.
Since 2017, ADI has tracked international progress on the WHO Global Action Plan through a series of annual reports titled From Plan to Impact.
Global Action Plan
The Global Action Plan (GAP) focuses on several different areas including: raising awareness about dementia, reducing the risk of developing dementia, making it easier to get a diagnosis, improving care and treatment for people with dementia, supporting carers and increasing research, through seven respective action areas.
As a part of the plan, the WHO encourages all countries to work towards certain goals by 2025, including ensuring that 75% of countries provide training and support for families and carers of people living with dementia, as well public awareness campaigns to educate people about dementia.
The GAP is important because it makes dementia a priority for all the countries that are WHO Member States, many of which do not have specific plans in place to address dementia. For countries and territories that are not Member States, the WHO still encourages the development of National Dementia Plans (NDP).
Through the GAP, each country is committed to report to the WHO on how close they are to achieving the targets of the seven action areas. This helps track progress and identify where more needs to be done. The Member State’s self-evaluation of their current progress is published online through the Global Dementia Observatory (GDO).
Adoption of the plan will have a positive impact on people living with dementia as well as their families, friends and communities, by making it possible for them to access better support, earlier diagnosis and improved treatment options. Furthermore, the plan emphasises that dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing and that those living with dementia deserve the necessary support to live their best lives.