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Igniting the Spark of Life in people with dementia



Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in Zambia (ADDIZ)

In this organisation, 25 volunteers support 950 older people and their families in 10 villages surrounding Nakonde.  Some of these villages are based as far away as 70 kilometres and can only be reached by motorcycle.

Anderson Simfukwe, Spark of Life Master Practitioner

Anderson gave up a full time job as a head teacher to pursue his passion for social justice for people with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in Zambia (ADDIZ) was founded by Anderson Simfukwe in 2016 and joined the ADI Membership Development Program the same year. The association is based in Nakonde, Zambia and is also represented in Ndola, Lusaka, Kapiri Mpishi, Kanchibiya, and Senga Districts.

The Spark of Life Philosophy has enabled Anderson and his volunteers to connect in new  ways with people who have dementia and their supportive partners with heart-warming results.

Spark of Life Articles by Anderson:

Older Persons versus Witchcraft vis-a-vis Dementia
Under the Spark of Life Philosophy >>

Daviness’s Story >>

Zambia creating awareness about dementia for
Global Spark of Life Month >>

A Real Life Fundraising Success Story – Zambia, Africa >>

Mary Mutambo,  Spark of Life Master Practitioner

Mary is a registered nurse, multilingual natural leader and pioneer. She is a courageous and powerful advocate for the human rights of people with dementia and their families and is working in a volunteer capacity together with Anderson to support the important work of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in Zambia (ADDIZ) in Nakonde. Mary is also bringing the Spark of Life Philosophy into her work in Midwifery.

Mary Mutumbo, Spark of Life Master Practitioner, supporting elders with dementia in rural Zambia

Spark of Life Community Education and Awareness raising for Global Spark of Life Month 2022: