Towards the development of Vietnam’s national dementia plan: the first step of action

Tuan Anh Nguyen, Thang Pham, Thu Ha Dang, Walter Ladson Hinton, Anh Trung Nguyen, Tuan Le Pham, Maria Crotty, Susan Kurrle, Quang Thuc Bui, Huong Nguyen, Elizabeth E. Roughead

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    Abstract

    Objective

    To foster a national dialogue on addressing dementia as an emerging public health problem and formulating a strategy for developing Vietnam’s national dementia plan.

    Methods

    In September 2018, the Vietnamese National Geriatric Hospital supported by University staff in Australia and the United States organised the first Vietnam National Dementia Conference in Hanoi.

    Results

    Over 270 Vietnamese dementia stakeholders and international dementia experts participated in the conference. The participants agreed dementia was a public health priority in Vietnam and identified the need for the development of Vietnam’s national dementia plan. Policymakers supported positioning dementia as a priority in the national health agenda. Research institutions created collaboration to generate scientific information for policymaking process. Funding and international supports were obtained to develop Vietnam’s national dementia plan.

    Conclusion

    Strong leadership, stakeholder engagement and international support are critical in raising awareness and advocating for the development of Vietnam’s national dementia plan.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)137-141
    Number of pages5
    JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
    Volume39
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020

    Keywords

    • dementia
    • national plan
    • policy
    • Vietnam

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