Caring
for Older Persons
Contributing to the knowledge and welfare
of older people in Southern Africa
Caring
for Older Persons
Contributing to the knowledge and welfare
of older people in Southern Africa

Care of Older Persons in Southern Africa Network

COPSAN is a network of cross-disciplinary scholars, policymakers and practitioners in ageing research across southern Africa connecting with scholars from the Global North to determine and address challenges to aged care provision in southern Africa.

The COPSAN Network contributes to the knowledge and welfare of older people in the region, including factors that will deliver the best outcomes for their care. Through building capacity, identifying gaps in knowledge, and prioritizing research direction, our activities have significant long-term impact on older people in southern Africa. We help scholars understand region-specific issues and assists leaders, donors, and technical experts in the process of policymaking of elderly care provision.

Our Goals

Research

Enhance coordination, expertise sharing and collaboration in research

Access

Enhance access to resource for research

Upskilling

Enhance skills, expertise, and competency in gerontological and social science methodologies

Participation

Enhance participation in international gerontological and social science discourses and cultivation of an African multidisciplinary scientific discourse on elderly care and aging

Networking

Enhance dialogue and partnerships with the policy making process through the patterning with government officials and NGOs at the local and international level