Development of the Global Dementia Observatory
The Global Dementia Observatory (GDO) is a web-based data and knowledge exchange platform of key dementia information that is currently being developed by WHO.
Development of the GDO:
A draft framework and corresponding indicators have been pilot tested in 22 low-, middle- and high-income countries from all six WHO regions. Upon completion of the pilot phase, WHO organized a multi-sectoral, two-day consultation on the GDO which included focal points from pilot countries and other WHO Member States, technical experts and representatives from organizations such as Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND), Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI), Alzheimer Europe and the World Dementia Council. The aim of this consultation was to arrive at a common vision for the conceptual framework, the interactive knowledge exchange platform of the observatory and a way forward for the future development of the Observatory.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following donors: Canada, European Commission, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
The conceptual framework includes three strategic domains: policies; service delivery; and information & research and seven cross-cutting thematic areas:
- Dementia as public health priority
- Dementia awareness and dementia friendliness
- Dementia risk reduction
- Dementia diagnosis, treatment, care and support
- Support for dementia carers
- Information systems for dementia
- Dementia research and innovation
The consultation aimed to identify a common vision that would inform the development of the GDO's conceptual framework and interactive knowledge exchange platform.
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