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Project for dementia patients and caregivers - transfer and strategies for care concepts in the Dominican Republic and Germany

Increasing life expectancy makes non-communicable diseases such as dementia an important issue for the healthcare system and its service providers. Although prevalence rates in low-income countries are currently lower than in high-income countries, the number of people affected in these countries is expected to increase disproportionately in the future due to the rapid ageing of the population.

As part of the project, scientists and students from Furtwangen University and the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic will examine the various aspects and new scientific findings in the care of people with dementia. The main aim here is to integrate current knowledge in the sense of a global health approach into health-related degree programmes and thus to expand a well-founded cooperation between the two universities.

  • University cooperation Furtwangen University and the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic are developing care concepts for dementia sufferers and caregivers.
  • Knowledge Transfer and Strategies The aim is to integrate current knowledge and scientific findings into health-related study programmes.
  • Better quality of life New community care concepts will improve the lifestyle, mental health and quality of life of dementia sufferers and their caregivers.

Project partners

  • Furtwangen University, Germany
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Dominican Republic


The project is supported by the DAAD with funds from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


  • DemCareDom (I54)