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UK Announces Plan to Use Its Presidency of the G8 to Develop a New International Approach to Address Dementia
The plan will unite world governments, NGOs, and industry in the fight to stop dementia
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Kingdom today announced its plan to use its Presidency of the G8 – the international body comprised of the world’s eight wealthiest Western countries – to develop a new international approach to address Alzheimer’s and dementia by advancing dementia research.
The groundbreaking announcement will increase international collaboration by uniting representatives from industry and government, and health experts from international entities like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) at an upcoming G8 dementia summit in London in September.
More than 35.6 million people suffer from dementia worldwide, a number that is projected to skyrocket to 115 million by 2050.
George Vradenburg, chairman of USAgainstAlzheimer’s and convener of the Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease, released the following statement in response to the announcement:
“The international plan announced today by the United Kingdom represents one of the biggest and most promising developments thus far in the global fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia.
“The size and scope of this disease will require unprecedented collaboration across governments, NGOs, and industry united in an effort to stop the impending global epidemic that is on the scale of HIV/AIDS.
“We applaud Prime Minister David Cameron’s bold decision to use the G8 to build international consensus around advancing medical research and innovation, and urge President Obama to use the upcoming G8 dementia summit as an opportunity to turn the United States’ goal to stop Alzheimer’s by 2025 into a global commitment.”
USAgainstAlzheimer’s is a 501(c)(4) national advocacy campaign and advocacy network committed to stopping Alzheimer’s by 2020. An independent non-profit organization working in partnership with the Alzheimer’s community, USAgainstAlzheimer’s works to stop the disease by advancing policies that support research for a cure. For more information about USAgainstAlzheimer’s, please visit:http://www.usagainstalzheimers.org.