International activity

5. Why do we focus on international cooperation?

Alzheimer s disease international

Alzheimer’s Society is a member of Alzheimer’s Disease International and we believe in working with other national Alzheimer’s associations and global partners to collaborate and share learning.

29 May 2017, the WHO Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia 2017-2025 was adopted by the 70th World Health Assembly with the unanimous support of Member States.

The aim of the Global Plan is to urge a greater commitment by governments worldwide to develop and improve national dementia plans, care and support for people with dementia.

At Alzheimer’s Society we are committed to ensure the global plan is implemented, and that dementia is addressed as an urgent global health priority. 

In December 2013 the UK government hosted the G8 Summit on Dementia.The G8 summit acknowledged dementia as a global disease burden, and highlighted the need for research collaboration and multilateral partners to strengthen efforts to allow us to better meet the challenges that dementia presents in society.

Alzheimer's Society committed to working to ensure that the positive momentum generated from the G8 summit was not lost. We committed to working internationally with other Alzheimer's charities on areas such as dementia-friendly communities, health and social care policies and research.

As stated in the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020, we will:

‘Deliver an additional 4 million Dementia Friends in England, with England leading the way in turning Dementia Friends into a global movement including sharing its learning across the world and learning from others.'

You can find out more about the global impact of dementia, and why collaboration is crucial to tackle dementia on the Alzheimer’s Disease International website.