Maëlenn Guerchet has been conducting epidemiological research to quantify and understand the burden of dementia in low- and middle-income countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa (mainly in Francophone countries).
Data on the burden of dementia in low- and middle-income countries is still limited, especially in sub-Saharan Africa is still lacking whilst awareness is low. However, this data essential to raise awareness, encourage initiatives that support caregivers, train healthcare professionals, and impact policy making. Guerchet has contributed to estimates of the burden of dementia mainly by leading epidemiological population-based studies in several West and Central African countries and by working closely with Alzheimer’s Disease International and the World Health Organization. As an Atlantic Fellow at GBHI, she is committed to strengthen the evidence on dementia in this region by developing new ageing and brain health research which will use a revised and validated culture- and education-fair one-stage diagnostic assessment for sub-Saharan populations. Guerchet usually spends her spare time running, doing yoga, relaxing and enjoying time with family and friends.
Bio: Maëlenn Guerchet is a researcher with a focus on ageing and dementia in sub-Saharan Africa. She has a background in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Her PhD, obtained at the University of Limoges (France), focused on the assessment, the prevalence and correlates of dementia in three Francophone countries of West and Central Africa (Benin, Central African Republic and Congo). Following her PhD, she extended her research in Central Africa and her interest in comparing how the dementia epidemic affects African and other low- and middle-income countries in a world going through demographic, social and epidemiological transitions. Guerchet later joined the 10/66 Dementia Research Group (London, UK), which carries out population-based research into dementia, non-communicable diseases and ageing in low- and middle-income countries. She also contributed to several reports commissioned by Alzheimer's Disease International (including World Alzheimer Reports) and to the estimation of the burden of dementia with the World Health Organization (Global Dementia Observatory). She is a steering group member of the World Young Leaders in Dementia.