Pregnancy Awareness Week
10 - 16 February
The Department of Health uses Pregnancy Awareness Week to strengthen pregnancy education and stress important issues that promote healthy pregnancy and safe motherhood.
Pregnant women should start attending antenatal care as soon as they suspect that they are pregnant and certainly within their first trimester.
Teen Suicide Prevention Week
18 - 25 February
This week is set aside to promote commitment and action to prevent suicides. On average, almost 3 000 people worldwide commit suicide daily. For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives.
About one million people commit suicide each year. Every 40 seconds, the loss of a person who killed themselves shatters the lives of family and friends.
For family and friends affected by suicide or attempted suicide, the emotional impact can last for many years.
Find out more about how to prevent a suicide and where to get help at:
Helpline: 0800 21 22 23 (8am to 8pm)
Helpline: 0800 12 13 14 (8pm to 8am)
Who we are
The Catholic Health Care Association of Southern Africa (CATHCA) is the Catholic Church’s associate body for health in South Africa, Botswana and Eswatini.
We are inspired by Mathew 25: 35-40, particularly verse 36 “…I was sick and you cared for me”.
We exist to empower an evolving health care network of 200+ community-based member organizations serving the poor and marginalised.
CATHCA has forged a relationship of mutual trust with its members, which is rooted in pragmatic solidarity, meaningful accompaniment and commitment to the principle of leaving no‐one behind.
We embrace collaboration with like-minded folks that support coordinated efforts towards health system strengthening and are dedicated to uphold the right to health and wellbeing for the most disadvantaged.
What we do
CATHCA envisions a world in which even the poorest individual has access to good quality and compassionate health care.
Rooted in the core values of integrity, respect, quality, and accountability, CATHCA’s six programme areas entail giving voice to underprivileged communities and partnering with civil society, government, and development partners in an effort to transform lives and bring about structural change and a more equitable society.