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Dementia group issues global wakeup call

Unless something changes, there is no way the World Health Organization’s (WHO) dementia targets will be met.

That’s what a new report from Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) boils down to.

ADI says the primary target of the Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 – to have 146 of the 194 member states develop a national response plan to dementia – is falling further behind.

Currently, there are only 31 national plans, from just 26 WHO member states, while up to 34 are in development.

Only Chile and Qatar have created plans in the last two years. ADI said this means that at the current rate the 2025 target will not be met.

Paola Barbarino, chief executive of ADI, said while some governments – like those in Japan, South Korea, England and Scotland – are doing well by creating, funding and monitoring plans, not enough is being worldwide.

“We are seeing development in keys areas like risk reduction research, however the search for disease modifying treatments continues to be underfunded and the application of better care interventions remains elusive,” Barbarino said. “In the meantime, millions of people living with dementia and their families are under terrible strain.”

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