The Catholic Health Care Association (CATHCA) – “Compassionate health care in the service of Christ.”
CATHCA is the Catholic Church’s associate body for health in Botswana, eSwatini and South Africa. It is an affiliate of the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops’ Conference. CATHCA has more than two hundred organisations as members. Currently, members are mainly community-based organizations working on issues related to HIV, tuberculosis and primary health care but also include health clinics and hospices run by religious sisters and a hospital in eSwatini. CATHCA is inspired by Mathew 25: 35-40 and particularly verse 36 “…I was sick and you took care of me.” CATHCA is committed to serving the poor and the marginalised. It perseveres in providing compassionate health care in the spirit and service of Christ, even in the face of challenges and obstacles.
CATHCA envisions a world in which even the poorest individual has access to good quality and compassionate health care.
CATHCA exists to support and strengthen an evolving health care network of members serving the poor and marginalised, in collaboration with others.
CATHCA is managed by a Board of Management while the day to day affairs are run by a National Office team based in Johannesburg. It is registered as a Non-Profit organisation (NPO) with the Department of Social Development and as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with the SA Revenue Services (SARS). It has a Level 1 B-BBEE rating and can offer local tax payers a tax benefit for donations.
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