Representatives from MoPH and WHO during the Multiregional workshop
A three-day multi-regional workshop organized by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Public Health in the State of Qatar is taking place to speed up the implementation of the Global action plan on the public health response to dementia.
During the workshop, stakeholders from WHO's African, Eastern Mediterranean, and European regions, as well as the ministry of health delegates, civil society representatives, people living with dementia and their families, and caregivers, will address the issue of dementia and build country capacity to develop a comprehensive, multisectoral public health response to dementia.
The workshop provides an opportunity for cross-regional exchange between countries to share good practices and lessons learned in dementia policy, risk reduction, diagnosis, treatment, care and support for dementia patients and care workers, information systems for dementia, and dementia research and innovation.
Dr. Saleh Ali Al-Marri, Assistant Minister of Public Health for Health Affairs in the Ministry of Public Health, said "the regional workshop is to expand the implementation of the Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia with the participation of 22 countries from Africa, Europe, and the Eastern Mediterranean underscores a significant commitment and a desire to make a real difference in the lives of people with dementia and their families".
Dr. Saleh Al Marri added "The workshop provides an opportunity to exchange best practices and lessons learned in a wide range of areas including dementia policy, risk reduction, diagnosis and treatment, care and support, research, and innovation, especially since dementia is one of the biggest health challenges of the 21st century and requires a multidisciplinary approach, and more than 55 million people around the world are suffering from dementia, a number that is unfortunately increasing".
He also added: "We have made significant progress in meeting this challenge and improving health care services for older persons over the past years under the guidance of Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, noting that the National Health Strategy 2018-2022 identified health aging as one of the seven main priority population groups, and many of the achievements of Qatar's national dementia plan have been announced, including the establishment of the Qatar Dementia Working Group, Qatar's dementia register and participation in the World Health Organization's Global Dementia Observatory."
Dr. Al-Mandhari, said: "This multi-regional workshop to speed up implementation of the global action plan on the public health response to dementia is therefore critically important."
Dr. Hanadi Al Hamad, Senior Consultant in Geriatrics, NHS Lead of Health Ageing Priority in the Ministry of Public Health, and Leader of Qatar's National Dementia Plan, said: "The regional workshop hosted by Qatar in collaboration with WHO contributes to strengthening cooperation efforts in the fight against dementia between the Ministry of Public Health and its health partners in Qatar on the one hand and who and international partners on the other."
Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017–2025
In May 2017, the World Health Assembly, WHO's governing body, endorsed the Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017–2025. This global action plan aims to improve the lives of people with dementia, their carers, and their families while decreasing the impact of dementia on communities and countries. It provides a set of actions to realize the vision of a world in which dementia is prevented, and people with dementia and their carers receive the care and support they need to live a life with meaning and dignity.
Areas for action include increasing prioritization and awareness of dementia; reducing the risk of dementia; diagnosis, treatment, and care; support for dementia carers; strengthening information systems for dementia; and research and innovation. In addition, WHO continues to support implementing the Global action plan on dementia through tailored technical support to countries and calls upon countries to improve multisectoral collaboration in formulating and implementing regional and country-specific responses to dementia.
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