There are no updated statistics on this disease. In July of this year, Mental Health Manager of the Ministry of Health Carlos Díaz estimated that 2.8% of the population suffered from some type of dementia and 98% of Alzheimer’s. According to the World Association of Alzheimer’s (ADI), in Ecuador, there are 105,000 people with this pathology.
Globally, it is estimated that 50 million people suffer from this disease and half are in low- and middle-income countries, “where 10% are diagnosed. In 2018 the expenses caused by dementia will reach trillion dollars,” warns the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to the World Bank, the costs of dementia reached $ 818 billion in 2015, which means 1.09% of the Gross Domestic Product. Glenn Rees, president of ADI, says that dementia is the only chronic disease that finds no cure. That is why he asked that at least 1% of the funds be devoted to research. (I)