Caregivers for persons living with disability.

Here’s a thought…

If one made the assumption that atleast 50% of the population living with a disability is receiving care from informal, family members who are their caregivers … That would be one segment of caregivers numbering 10,000,000. Read how we got this number.

According to the 2001 census, out of the 193 million households in India, a little less than 10% households reported to have one or more disabled members. That would be a little less than 19.3 million households. (Document of the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, Government of India – http://mospi.nic.in/Mospi_New/upload/disablity_india_statistical_data_11mar2011/Chapter%206-%20Socio_economic-profile.pdf)
(For Government Census details – http://censusindia.gov.in/Census_And_You/disabled_population.aspx)

By implication, one could make the assumption just as a starting point that about 50% of the population living with a disability is receiving care from informal, family members who are their caregivers. This conservative estimate means that near about a 10 million households are households with caregivers and care receivers, or dealing with caregiving issues. That would be one segment of primary caregivers numbering one crore. (10,000,000 primary caregivers.) This figure does not include co-caregivers in the households. This is just one segment under one set of circumstances. It does not include caregiving families for other caregiving circumstances as may be created by chronic or terminal illnesses.

Further – In India 1.67% of the 0-19 population lives with a disability. 35.29% of all people living with disabilities are children.  (Source Childline website – http://www.childlineindia.org.in/children-with-disabilities.htm)

That could mean we are talking about 6 million parents and/or families dealing with caregiving issues around children living with disabilities.  6,000,000 parents or families.