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The Dementia Situation in South Africa

Policy summary and in-depth review of the dementia situation

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Access to dementia care

Case vignettes describing how people in different circumstances may access, or not, dementia care, treatment or support

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Awareness and Stigma

Read about stigma experienced by people and their carers living with dementia

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Theory of change

Building a theory of change to address dementia care, treatment and support gap

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STRiDE in South Africa

Meet the team

Discover the people working to strengthen dementia responses

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07 Oct 2022

New STRiDE anti-stigma toolkit

Introducing the new STRiDE Dementia Project Anti-Stigma Toolkit (PDF) The consequences of stigma are often described as being as bad or worse than the impacts of dementia itself. At the individual level, stigma can undermine life goals, reduce participation in meaningful life activities and worsens a person’s quality of life. At the societal level, it can […]

09 Jun 2022

New paper: Stigma and its implications for dementia in South Africa

Research has found that people living with dementia and carers experienced high levels of internalised stigma, related to negative public attitudes, which were associated with high levels of isolation, health system unpreparedness and limited access to support in South Africa. The paper was written by STRiDE colleagues, Roxanne Jacobs, Marguerite Schneider, Nicolas Farina, Petra du […]

11 Apr 2022

Paper: Description of the cross-cultural process adopted in the STRiDE program

This paper describes the methodology used for the cross-cultural adaptation process as part of the development of a valid and culture-fair toolkit to enable the collection of data on the prevalence of dementia, its impact on people’s lives, and costs in Indonesia and South Africa, as part of the STRiDE program. The paper summaries the features […]

02 Sep 2021

Paper: Active inclusion of people living with dementia in planning for dementia care and services

Principles on how to involve people living with dementia in service design and planning have been explored as part of the STRiDE Project. The paper was written by STRiDE colleagues, Erica Breuer, Emily Freeman, Suvarna Alladi, Marina Breedt, Ishta Govia, Mariana López-Ortega, Christine Musyimi, Deborah Oliveira, Meera Pattabiraman, Tara Sani, Marguerite Schneider, Kate Swaffer, Dubhglas […]

01 Jul 2021

New paper: Building a strategic theory of change to address dementia care, treatment and support gaps

A new paper describes the Theory of Change (ToC) approach used by the STRiDE Project to co-design our research project and to develop a strategic direction for dementia care, treatment and support, with stakeholders. The paper was written by a number of STRiDE colleagues led by Erica Breuer and published in the journal Dementia today. […]

21 Apr 2021

Video: STRiDE on-demand session as part of ADI 2020 conference

Members of the STRiDE Project joined an on-demand session within Alzheimer’s Disease International’s 2020 conference to provide a birdseye view of the project and respond to delegate questions.

16 Apr 2021

Video: STRiDE workshop as part of ADI 2020 conference

The STRiDE Project led a workshop as part of Alzheimer’s Disease International’s 2020 conference. This workshop outlines the progress made towards the project’s goals. This session was recorded for the ADI 2020 conference.

21 Mar 2021

Video: Webinar highlighting dementia care provision and priorities across STRiDE partner countries

STRiDE partners across our seven countries presented on dementia care provision and priorities in their countries on 25 February 2021 as part of STRiDE’s External Webinar Series.

10 Jul 2020

STRiDE contributes to ADI documentary ‘Hope in the Age of Dementia’

13 Jul 2018

South Africa Theory of Change workshop

Colleagues in South Africa held their national Theory of Change workshop on 11 and 12 July 2018 in Johannesburg. ​This two-day workshop was run by the University of Cape Town and Alzheimer’s South Africa NPA. The workshop was well attended and the team commented on how great it was to see how much consensus there was across a range of […]