Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a worldwide problem, and increasing. Seniors (60 years and older) are 12 percent of the world’s population, and will increase to 16 percent. Estimates are that there are 44 million people around the globe living with AD, including 5.3 million in the U.S.
Therefore, reviewing the recently released World Health Organization proposed plan of work 2019-2023 it was shocking to find there was no mention of bolstering research to find the cause or cure of AD. In fact, no attention was given to any aspect of AD, though other chronic and acute diseases were singled out for priority.
Groups advocating on behalf of AD and research on it need to contact WHO to try and rectify this apparent slippage in priority.
Reference: WHO Executive Board. Draft thirteenth general programme of work 2019—2023. ((accessed Dec 6, 2017).)World Health Organization, 2017.