08.02.01. What support is available for family/unpaid carers? | Kenya

08.02.01. What support is available for family/unpaid carers? | Kenya

04 Apr 2022

Family caregivers in Kenya experience financial instability due to costs of treatment and daily living expenses. In addition, they struggle due to limited access to information and evidence-based care. Carers have been found to experience burn out and stigma linked to misconceptions about the illness (Johnston, 2017). Unfortunately, they do not receive any monetary compensation from the government or other forms of formal support from health or social services (Chepngeno-Langat, 2014). ADOK, however, offers training and monthly support group meetings for caregivers of persons with dementia. There they can share their experiences around the provision of care while giving each other support.


Chepngeno-Langat, G. (2014). Entry and re-entry into informal care-giving over a 3-year prospective study among older people in Nairobi slums, Kenya. Health & Social Care in the Community, 22(5), 533–544. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12114

Johnston, H. (2017). Caring for caregivers: challenges facing informal palliative caregivers in Western Kenya. Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection, 2684https://digitalcollections.sit.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3707&context=isp_collection