Mental health

The Global Dementia Observatory

January 2017 - The Global Dementia Observatory (GDO) is being developed by WHO to facilitate countries in strengthening their systems to support people with dementia and their families.

The GDO aims to facilitate the sharing of best practices, evidence-based service planning and strengthening of policies by providing easy access to a range of key dementia statistics and WHO’s analyses to monitor global, regional and national progress and trends in the area of dementia.

Development of a draft global action plan on the public health response to dementia

Cathy Greenblat

September 2016 – In May 2016, the Executive Board requested the Director-General to develop, with the full participation of Member States and in cooperation with other relevant stakeholders, a draft global action plan on the public health response to dementia with clear goals and targets.

In response to this request, the WHO secretariat prepared a “zero draft” that will be used as the basis for informal consultations in September and October 2016 to seek comments and views from Member States and non-State actors.

WHO iSupport: E-programme for Caregivers of People Living with Dementia

Jonas Wresch / HelpAge International

January 2017 - Millions of people provide care for people with dementia globally. Caregiving impacts are overwhelming: the deterioration of caregiver’s physical and mental health, lost productivity as caregivers are forced to quit work, and staggering economic consequences.

To support family members and friends caring for someone living with dementia, WHO is developing an e-programme to enhance self-help, skills, and support in collaboration with international partners. This tool will become available via personal computers, tablets and smartphones.