Bengali-Irish Partnership for Brain Health
Dementia now ranks as one of the leading causes of death and disability. Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, with nearly 60% living in the low-middle income countries; there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. The total number of people with dementia is projected to reach 82 million in 2030 and 152 in 2050. In Bangladesh, with a population of 165 million, stigma and poor health literacy regarding dementia is widespread, and health and social care services to support people with dementia and their families are rare.
A grant has been awarded to the developing partnership between the Global Brain Health Institute and Trinity College Dublin, and their counterparts in Bangladesh: Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. This partnership aims to improve awareness and understanding of dementia amongst healthcare professionals through a Bangladesh-Ireland collaboration.