The Saint John of God Hospitaller Services Malawi introduced The Elderly Programme in 2014, aimed at addressing the holistic needs of the older population in Mzuzu. The programme currently provides services to 280 elderly people over the age of 65. A home based service is also offered to those who are unable to attend the centre due to ill health or frailty. As part of the programme two centres dedicated to the elderly have been opened in Mzuzu.
The results of a needs assessment study in 2014 ‘The Elderly in Mzuzu – Malawi’ showed that the elderly have a huge burden of care. This is largely due to the missing generation due to the AIDS epidemic. The older generation/grandparents have assumed the role of parent to their grandchildren left behind.