How many people with dementia and their carers are served by NGOs? | South Africa How many people with dementia and their carers are served by NGOs? | South Africa

15 Aug 2022

No data/information found on how many persons living with dementia and their carers are served by NGOs. The South African government relies heavily on the services of NGOs to make up for the deficits in care provisions for older persons (and all vulnerable populations and their service needs more broadly). In general, NGOs support national development priorities and build strong public-private partnerships (Volmink & Van Der Elst, 2017) that target their services at vulnerable populations, providing services and social protection for the socio-economically disadvantaged. Vulnerable populations include historically marginalised population groups, women, children, older persons, and persons with disabilities. However, with regard to the long-term care of older persons, South Africa still reflects the legacy of Apartheid whereby availability and access to residential care services (usually in the more affluent, urban areas) cater primarily for older white population (see audit of residential care facilities report: Department of Social Development, 2010); while promoting familial frameworks of care for black South Africans, and positioning care for older persons as primarily a family responsibility (Lloyd-Sherlock, 2019a).


Department of Social Development. (2010). Audit of Residential Facilities. April, 1–87. Available from: https://social.un.org/ageing-working-group/documents/FINAL%20REPORT%20DSD%20Audit%20of%20Residential%20Facilities%20April2010.pdf

Lloyd-Sherlock, P. (2019a). Long-term Care for Older People in South Africa: The Enduring Legacies of Apartheid and HIV/AIDS. Journal of Social Policy, 48(1), 147–167. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279418000326

Volmink, J., & Van Der Elst, L. (2017). The evolving role of 21st Century Education NGOs in South Africa: Challenges and Opportunities. Available from: https://www.mietafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/The-evolving-role-of-21st-Century-Education-NGOs-in-South-Africa.pdf