DEM-SKY is funded by the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative and led by
Dr Nicolas Farina and Prof David Ndetei (Africa Mental Health Foundation; Co-PIs).
In Kenya, many people are currently living with dementia without a formal diagnosis or support; often attributing symptoms to normal ageing, a consequence of past behaviours, e.g., stealing from a home that has been protected by witchcraft or being cursed.
Dementia screening is not common within Kenya and healthcare workers are not well equipped to detect dementia in patients. Improving the supply (or opportunity) of dementia screening within the region may promote uptake, thus leading to more people to seek a formal diagnosis and subsequently receive support within the Kenyan healthcare system.