New Opportunities from the Global Action Plan on Dementia

A side event at the 70th World Health Assembly

25 May 2017 | 17.30–19.30 Hotel Intercontinental, 7–9 Chemin Du Petit-Saconnex, Geneva

We are delighted to invite you to attend a special side event chaired by Tania Dussey-Cavassini, Vice-Director General, Ambassador for Global Health, Swiss Federal Office of Public Health and Paola Barbarino, CEO of Alzheimer’s Disease International.

This event will feature an expert panel from governments, the World Health Organization (WHO) and key stakeholders, to encourage discussion on the opportunities from the WHO Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia 2017-2025 submitted for adoption during the 70th World Health Assembly.

Nearly 50 million people live with dementia worldwide and this number is growing by 9.9 million each year – the equivalent of a new case every 3 seconds. Momentum is beginning to build through collective working on research, policy making and community action to find a cure and effective support for those living with the condition. Global interest in dementia is growing, with comparisons drawn to the early stages of global movements on HIV/Aids and cancer. However, there is still a long way to go.

We believe that this event will be of high importance to those attending the Assembly from around the world and will be an additional opportunity to strengthen implementation of this key Action Plan, and the development of national plans on dementia globally.

This event is co-hosted by Switzerland in partnership with Alzheimer’s Disease International (the umbrella organisation of 90 Alzheimer associations worldwide), Dementia Alliance International, and the Global Alzheimer’s and Dementia Action Alliance (a broad network of international civil society organisations seeking to champion global action on dementia).

The provisional list of speakers include Dr. Naoko Yamamoto, the Assistant Minister for Global Health and Health Industry Strategy from Japan,  the Minister of Health from Indonesia, Dr Shekhar Saxena or Dr Tarun Dua from the WHO, Amy Little from GAADA and Kate Swaffer representing Dementia Alliance International. The full program is still being finalised, but it will be a full program with a lively Q & A session at the end.