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.
Who we partner with
- Life and Dignity of the Human Person…
- Call to Family, Community, and Participation…
- Rights and Responsibilities…
- Preferential Option for the Poor…
- The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers…
- Care for God’s Creation.
Equipping the Healthcare Network
A total of three grants were awarded by BEGECA to provide the Catholic health network with essential equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Sixty CATHCA Members in South Africa, Botswana and Eswatini (essentially clinics and long-stay facilities) obtained a range of personal protective equipment (PPE) to continue the fight against COVID-19 locally in coordination with the health authorities. The equipment distributed to member organizations comprised tents for triage, nitrile gloves, heavy-duty gloves, hand sanitizers, surgical face masks, reusable gowns, rubber
boots, infrared thermometers, and pulse oximeters specifically suitable for use in health care settings. The grant allowed for the provision of two distinct sets of PPE that were delivered to members six months apart in the course of the year.
- Eighty CATHCA Members in South Africa (mainly home-based care organizations) received a range of digital equipment to help them engage in virtual meetings, webinars, and online networking more effectively. The digital equipment delivered to member organizations included laptops, headphones, projectors, wi.fi routers, and the like. The grant was a great opportunity to help the Catholic health network adapt to the “new normal”, especially those who have limited access to the technology required to work remotely.