Our Vision and Mission

Our vision

The World Dementia Council (WDC) helps create a global environment in which societies, governments, industry, researchers and health and care systems all work together to transform the prospects for people affected by dementia in all its forms, so that the disease no longer negatively impacts on lives in the way it does today.

Our mission

The World Dementia Council (WDC) is collaborating with global partners to:

  • Drive forward progress in finding cures or disease-modifying therapies for dementia by 2025, in line with the G8 declaration made following the Dementia Summit in 2013
  • Communicate the scope and scale of the global economic and social challenges that dementia presents, to heads of state; health, care and finance ministries; and pan-national governmental organisations
  • Help all sectors to work better together in a radical global response to dementia
  • Identify and put forward ways in which the risk, burden and impact of the disease can be significantly reduced
  • Encourage the global sharing of best practice, tools, resources and research into dementia and to support strategic approaches to research across the whole spectrum of the dementia challenge
  • Improve awareness of dementia, increase the focus on risk reduction and preventative approaches and diminish the stigma associated with the disease
  • Promote the provision of safe, high-quality and affordable care, support and quality of life for those living with dementia and their care partners across the world, recognising the human rights and dignity of all peoples

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Our work

While there is already much work going on globally to tackle dementia, WDC is uniquely placed to rise to the challenges the disease presents. We are a group of senior leaders from different parts of the world, from a wide range of constituencies and with a broad range of skills. We also have associate members who provide us with helpful advice, guidance and intelligence that supports the delivery of our priorities and who have useful links to other important global dementia related initiatives.

Our breadth and reach enables us to collaborate across national boundaries, organisations and sectors. We connect between numerous national and global initiatives. In doing so, we champion and raise awareness. We advocate for change. We increase focus and resources. We influence and persuade. And we measure progress and highlight where commitments are not being fulfilled.

We cannot, however, solve all the challenges presented by dementia alone and we work collaboratively with many other key organisations, such as WHO, OECD and ADI that contribute to the overall global effort.

Our priorities

  • Advancing levels of innovative and global public and private finance
  • Increasing the speed and reliability of delivering innovative medicines through efficient and effective integrated drug development
  • Fostering a culture of open science and collaborative global research, including the use of global big data approaches
  • Ensuring the quality of life and delivery of quality care and support for people living with dementia and their carers
  • Reducing the risk of dementia through appropriate life choices and other approaches

We will also address the following cross-cutting themes across our work:

  • Women and dementia
  • Awareness 
  • Stigma 
  • Inequalities 
  • Low and Middle Income Countries’ (LMICs) specificities