Beveridge Foundation of Bangladesh (BFB) is the branch of Sir William Beveridge Foundation - a British Charity. It works in the field of Health and Social Care, Education and Economic Empowerment. The programme includes providing personal/nursing care and other support to older and vulnerable persons with disabilities in order to enable them to maintain quality of life in their own homes. Services provided are determined by the care assessment process, eligibility criteria and corporate guidelines of the Foundation.
In caring the vulnerable adults in Bangladesh, the Foundation is confronted with the need to ever expanding range of care services including Dementia care. The Bangladesh society is still unaware of the magnitude of the care needs surrounding Dementia. With assistance from Alzheimer’s Australia (WA) Ltd, the Foundation has been able to enrich its care staff with range of services needed. There is thus a need to bring together the health professionals, care providers and the community in general to raise awareness on heretofore unattended field called Dementia.
There are currently nearly 36 million people with Dementia in the world. As many as 28 million of those living with Dementia worldwide do not have a diagnosis. The number of people living with Dementia worldwide is expected to double every 20 years. By 2050 it is projected there will be 115 million people with Dementia worldwide. The total estimated cost of Dementia worldwide is US $604billion.
A 2012 report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) recognised that Dementia is a global health challenge and called on countries to recognise this challenge and include Dementia in public health planning.
Impact of Dementia Worldwide
- Worldwide, there is a new case of dementia every seven seconds.
- More than 35 million people are currently estimated to have dementia and 4.6 million new cases are diagnosed each year.
- The idea that illnesses like Alzheimer’s – the most common type of Dementia, are a disease of rich developed nations is a myth:
- 60 percent of people with Dementia live in developing countries. While the rate of dementia is expected to double between 2001 and 2040 in developed countries, it is forecast to increase by more than 300 percent in India and China.
Prevalence of Dementia in the UK
The well established prevalence rates for Dementia in the UK are:
40-64 years: 1 in 1400 65-69 years: 1 in 100
70-79 years: 1 in 25 80-above : 1 in 6
Dementia statistics in Australia
• There are over 321,600 Australians living with Dementia
• This number is expected to increase by one third to 400,000 in less than ten years
• Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with Dementia is expected to be almost 900,000 by 2050
Dementia in Bangladesh
Dementia is yet unfamiliar in our society. As we are experiencing a rise in the life expectancy and improvement in socio-economic condition in Bangladesh, we are likely to face the ever-growing menace of it. The physicians need to re-look at it and the society at large needs to know much about it so that effective care could be rendered at family as well as community level.
Outcome of “Dementia Awareness Campaign in Bangladesh”
- Improving public awareness so as to improve quality of life for people with Dementia and their families.
- Putting them in a stronger, informed position to seek a diagnosis and plan for the future.
- Making more appropriate use of health and social services throughout the course of their condition.
For further details communicate with following address please:
Dementia Awareness Campaign In Bangladesh (DACB)
Sir William Beveridge Foundation
52/1, New Eskaton Road
Hasan Holdings (6th floor)
Tel : 88-02-9353633
Help Line : 01733-222-999