Tell us about your partnerships
Western Cape Dept of Social Development:Collaboration with district offices to render training and referral of abused cases requiring intervention. Dementia UK: dementia-training specialists came to South Africa in 2007 and 2010 to give the Dementia SA team hands-on training. Dis-Chem Pharmacies: trained pharmacists regarding dementia and during events are involved with awareness stands in the pharmacies. STTOP - Sector Task Team for Older Persons:to profile and advocate on behalf of older persons sector organisations within South Africa.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
We intend concentrating on South Africa and obtain funding to translate the Speaking Books in as many of the local languages as possible (depending on funding. The same book can be re-done in one or more different languages within the same country, stripping out the text and redoing the recording. This new book will be produced in the same time frame and at similar cost as a new book, minus the cost of design and illustration. Once the first 5000 Speaking Books are produced, Dementia SA will through this alone raise its profile and attract more funding.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Dementia SA, the South African leader in dementia, has valuable partnerships with organisations, doctors, other non-profit organisations, clinics and relevant stakeholders. These channels have been identified in the different communities for distribution. Our Social worker and Support Groups will be able to identify families and communities in need of the books.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list