IBS holds Free Mental Health
Camp at DEWA Academy

KARACHI: Dr. A. Q. Khan Centre (IBS), Institute of Behavioral Sciences (IBS) organized Free Mental Health Camp on 16th September 2015 at DEWA Academy Karachi for spreading awareness about Mental illnesses. Shehla Ahmed (Administrator) presented detailed introduction about IBS & their services, Dr. Zoobia Ramzan shed light on Mental Health Awareness for Community & Syeda Anna Hassan emphasized the importance of Psychiatric Therapeutic & Community Services, including Occupational therapy.

The role of IBS and its services to cope-up with Mental Health related issues were highly appreciated by Audience, especially by the Management of DEWA Academy. (PR)

Someone in the world develops
dementia every 3 Seconds

LAHORE: Alzheimer’s Pakistan launched the World Alzheimer Report 2015: 'The Global Impact of Dementia: An analysis of prevalence, incidence, cost and trends’ in Pakistan during a Press Conference recently. According to the world report, there are currently around 46.8 million people living with dementia around the world, with numbers projected to nearly double every 20 years, increasing to 74.7 million by 2030 and 131.5 million by 2050. There are over 9.9 million new cases of dementia each year worldwide, implying one new case every 3.2 seconds.

The report shows that the current annual societal and economic cost of dementia is US $818 billion, and it is expected to become a trillion dollar disease in just three years’ time. This means that if global dementia care were a country, it would be the 18th largest economy in the world. It is estimated that 58% of all people living with dementia (PWD) today reside in low and middle income countries, a proportion that is anticipated to rise to 68% by 2050, driven mainly by population growth and an ageing global population. It is also expected that by 2050, nearly half of all PWD globally will live in Asia.The updated estimates are based on new research led by Professor Martin Prince from King’s College London’s Global Observatory for Ageing and Dementia Care.

Addressing the Press Conference, Dr. Yasmin Raashid, Patron, Alzheimer’s Pakistan highlighted that there are around one million PWD in Pakistan but this figure will rise sharply in the future. The report calls for a specific global work stream from all stakeholders focused on assisting low income countries like Pakistan to develop programmes to raise awareness and improve access to early diagnosis and care.

Dr. Hussain Jafri, Secretary General, Alzheimer’s Pakistan said that “The rising global cost of dementia will pose serious challenges to health and social care systems globally including Pakistan. These findings demonstrate the urgent need for the government to implement policies and legislation to provide a better quality of life for PWD, both now and in the future.”

Mr. Zia Rizvi, President Alzheimer’s Pakistan speaking at the occasion pointed out that “The findings also highlight the importance of supporting the PWD and their careers, and also encourage healthy lifestyle changes which may reduce the risk of dementia.” (PR)

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