DESK REVIEWS | Who are the key stakeholders who can bring about a policy change in relation to dementia?

DESK REVIEW | Who are the key stakeholders who can bring about a policy change in relation to dementia?

The Brazilian Ministry of Health, the Brazilian Ministry of Citizenship, dementia associations, the STRiDE team, and national steering group, politicians.

The key stakeholders that can bring about change with respect to dementia in the country are senior representatives from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Enhanced coordination between these two ministries is critical to ensure the development of a policy that takes a multidisciplinary approach to care, which is essential for the well-being of persons with dementia.

All sectors of government are expected to bring about policy change.

  • Central government has supporting bodies, such as the Ministry of Health with BKKBN and the public health directorate focusing on older people which work on ageing and mental health issues. The Ministry of Social Affairs has one directorate focusing on older people’s social rehabilitation.
  • Local governments can also bring policy change through their local programmes including Social Service or Health Service. Both programmes also work hand in hand with central government, the Ministry of Social Affairs, and the Ministry of Health.

The following stakeholder institutions/associations could contribute to policy change on dementia:

  • Government e.g., Ministry of Health and Ministry of Labour and Social protection;
  • Advocacy groups e.g., Alzheimer’s and Dementia Organization of Kenya (ADOK);
  • Research organizations e.g., Africa Mental Health Research and Training Foundation (AMHRTF);
  • NGO’s e.g., HelpAge International;
  • National associations e.g., Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA), private and public health care facilities.

Ministry of Health, Ministry of Wellbeing, Ministry of Finance, and Social Security Institutions. In terms of care-specific policies, the National Institute for Women also has an important role.