Last updated: 14/11/2019

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Elderly persons

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To provide support to vulnerable elderly persons. 

References
Personal communication.
Programme components
Case-management services (service coordination); social care home visits; and health promotion and disease prevention.
References
Personal communication.
Start date
2012
Coverage
151 (as of March 2014)
References
Personal communication.
Programme expenditure
 

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
Targeted areas
Currently covering households in Tongatapu and Ha'apai. This service will be available nationwide from 2019 onwards.
References
Personal communication.
Target groups
Vulnerable elderly persons that are not properly cared for by family members
References
Personal communication.
Eligibility criteria
Applicants must be Tonga citizens aged 60 or older. If applicants are younger than 60, they must produce a recommendation by an accredited medical doctor, including an official diagnosis and referral. Subject to approval from the Social Service Selection Committee.
References
Personal communication.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Elderly care services
Payment/delivery frequency
One to three home visits per week
References
Personal communication.
Benefit delivery mechanism
The Ma’a Fafine Mo e Famili non-governmental organisation provides the care services with funding support from the government
References
Personal communication.
Benefit recipients
Beneficiaries themselves
References
Personal communication.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
Until death or until the family of the elderly beneficiary is able to provide care services themselves
References
Personal communication.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Monthly, conducted by the Division of Social Welfare Services.