Facts & Figures

About hospice care

  • The hospice care sector supports more than 150,000 people with terminal and life-limiting conditions in South Africa each year. This amounts to more than four in ten people of those estimated to need expert palliative care.
  • Hospices also have an important role in supporting people’s families, especially in providing bereavement support.
  • Hospices support people with a wide range of conditions including cancer, motor neurone disease, cardio-vascular diseases, dementia, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Hospices are increasingly supporting people with multiple life-limiting conditions.
  • The majority of hospice care (84 per cent) is provided in community-based settings, including home care/ hospice at home, outpatient services and hospice day care.
  • More than 125,000 people give their time to volunteer for hospices each year

Funding for hospices

  • Charitable hospices in South Africa raise the bulk of their funding through support from their local communities including: fundraising, hospice charity shops, legacies, hospice lotteries and investments. They receive some statutory funding although levels vary across South Africa, between the different nations and also within different regions.
  • For further financial information and trends from independent hospices, access our annual reports.

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