Report on Successful Local Case Models for Health Systems Management of Dementia

Dementia is an emerging global health issue, predicted to affect over 150 million people by 2050, while associated costs of care are likely to exceed US$ 2 trillion USD by 2030. With its ageing population, Japan is testing best practices for earlier detection and intervention in every region at community and municipal level.

In March 2019, the WHO Kobe Centre, in collaboration with Kanagawa Prefecture, organised a workshop in Yokohama for over 50 representatives from government, academia and civil society and private sector to share best practice insights on “Translating Evidence into Policy: Facilitating successful local case models of health system management for dementia.”

The discussions involved comparing problems and solutions across regions of Japan, methods for adapting experiences, and future collaboration. Participants highlighted the importance of including dementia patients in creating and implementing initiatives, and the need for cooperation with all stakeholders.  

A key outcome of the workshop was an agreement that best practices should be shared proactively domestically and abroad, and that evidence should be based on scientific research.

Click here for the Workshop Report and Japan’s community-based best practices.