Empowering the Catholic Health Network

The first year of a three-year project funded by Misereor for the period 2021-2023 was rolled out to empower the Catholic health network of 190 community-based organizations in South Africa, Botswana and Eswatini.

CATHCA’s member organizations have been empowered on three levels:

  • Improved technical and management capacities of 259 community health workers and administrators to provide effective health services to vulnerable populations.
  • Effective implementation of 46 community-based health initiatives in collaboration with concerned governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.
  • Fruitful participation in 19 stakeholder engagement forums aimed at shaping collaborative advocacy for health system strengthening

These achievements were made possible by a series of training workshops and cross-learning conferences on key community health and organizational issues followed by tailored mentoring and coaching sessions. The project also enabled CATHCA to share a wealth of information and resources about health care via an established knowledge management system. All project activities were carried out both virtually and physically, in compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

A key highlight was the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was held virtually on 26th November 2021. The AGM was an opportunity for CATHCA and member organizations to review the past year, discuss the organisation’s priorities going forward, bid farewell to departing Board members and elect seven new Board members.