First WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia

First WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia


Dementia imposes a tremendous burden on individuals, families, communities, and societies. It currently affects more than 47 million people worldwide, and this figure is expected to rise to 75.6 million by 2030. In 2010 the global cost of dementia care was estimated to be US$ 604 billion, constituting 1 per cent of global gross domestic product. By 2030, the cost of caring for people living with dementia worldwide could be a staggering US$ 1.2 trillion or more, which would undermine social and economic development globally. Sixty per cent of people with dementia live in low-and middle income countries, and this proportion is projected only to increase over the next decade, widening inequalities within and between countries.


The objectives of the Ministerial Conference were as follows:

  • To highlight evidence relating to the global burden and impact of dementia
  • To encourage governments worldwide to take action to prevent dementia and improve care services, based on current scientific knowledge, available evidence and global experience
  • To discuss the need for assessing dementia care and monitoring progress
  • To stress the development of cures or disease-modifying therapies for dementia
  • To emphasize the need for increased investment and international collaboration in dementia research
  • To explore opportunities for supporting global cooperation and to move from commitment to action, in coordination with all stakeholders

Content of the Report

This report captures key issues raised and strategies proposed in the presentations and panel discussions during the conference, and outlines important subsequent actions. The Call for Action (translated in all WHO official languages), agenda, participant list and dementia infographic (in English, French and Spanish) can be found in the Appendix of this report. Thematic briefs and official statements are available online via the Ministerial Conference website

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