Alzheimer's Disease International

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Meeting: 
144th session of the Executive Board<br>24 January - 1 February 2019
Agenda Item: 
5.8.2 Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases
Statement: 

ADI is the global umbrella organisation of Alzheimer associations, representing 94 organisations. We make this statement supported by our partner Dementia Alliance International, representing people living with dementia.

We were active partners in the preparation for the September 2018 UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs; welcomed involvement in the WHO Civil Society Working Group; and was reassured by the specific inclusion of dementia in the Time to deliver report. However, we were disheartened that dementia was not specifically identified in the outcome document.

50m people are currently living with dementia, with someone developing dementia every 3 seconds. Figures are forecast to increase to 152 million by 2050, with the majority of this increase in low- and middle-income countries.

We welcome the broadened scope of the commitments, to include reducing air pollution and promoting mental health and wellbeing. However, we call strongly for the specific inclusion of dementia, reflecting the scale of the challenge and to reinforce the Global action plan on dementia. We will continue to increase the profile of dementia and support governments to develop national plans.

We welcome the commitment to the continuation of the Civil Society Working Group on NCDs; particularly the role in the build-up to the High-Level Meeting on UHC. In addition, we welcome the fast-tracking of mental health as a health outcome into a
flagship programme of the General Programme of Work.

With the 4th High-Level Meeting on NCDs taking place in 2025 – the same year as the Global plan on dementia is due to report – this will be an opportunity to highlight the distinctive challenges posed by dementia. We will continue to advocate, at the highest level of government, to integrate dementia into the UHC agenda, which we wholeheartedly support. However, in order for our work to be effective and credible, an explicit recognition that dementia is within the UHC debate is needed.