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Organization Contact Information

Name: Catholic Health Care Association (CATHCA)
Street 1: 7 The haven St Vincent School for the Deaf, Tottenham Ave
Street 2: Melrose
City: Johannesburg
Post Code: 2009
Country: South Africa
Phone: +2711 880 4022
Organization Email:
Web Site:
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Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mrs
First Name: Yvonne
Last Name: Morgan
Title: Director

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mrs
First Name: Julien
Last Name: Chibayiwa

General Information

Board Constituency: Developing Country NGO
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
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Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Faith-based organization (FBO)
Organization Description:
Mission:to affirm, develop, support and strengthen both individual health care workers and an evolving Catholic health care network, in conjunction with all other health care role-players.
The Catholic Health Care Association (CATHCA) is a faith-based health care organisation founded in 1988, that serves as an umbrella body for Catholic health care services in South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland. It is an associate body of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
CATHCA serves all people regardless of religion, race, language or gender affiliation. It is a registered non-profit organisation (006-174) and a public benefit organisation.
Through its member organisations CATHCA serves the poorest and most disadvantaged communities. Most of our healthcare members work in remote rural communities, where there are few ambulances, limited public transport, poor roads and government health clinics are overcrowded and under-resourced, while distance and lack of transport makes them inaccessible to many. As a result many small home-based care projects, where people volunteer to visit the sick in their homes, have sprung up as community initiatives.
Our goals:
1. To continue to strengthen and develop home-and-community-based care aligned to government health care objectives in SA, Botswana, and Swaziland.
2. To deepen the partnership with government - & other key stakeholders - in regard to our members’ work, and through this partnership to act as a voice for the community.
3. To help improve the effectiveness of our member organisations.
We are keenly interested in TB work, because our small organisations encounter it daily in their communities and at their clinics, and we know how integral the fight against TB is to that against AIDS. Despite a lack of funding, which means that many of our home-based carers work in their communities on a voluntary basis (and their work is not confined to palliative or chronic care but also enables them to identify illness at an early stage and refer people to clinics,
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Specializations / Areas of Work

Delivery of health services and care

Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 6 - 10
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 0
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Attendance at a TB related event
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Involvement in Stop TB Working Groups
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
We attend meetings with government and the WHO to identify ways to involved our network of community carers, and to share information.
Whenever we have access to funding for training home-based carers we include TB screening and adherence monitoring in their training. At our provincial and national conferences and in our regular newsletters we include the most up-to-date information on TB for the network. As the secretariat of the Catholic health care regional network of ten Southern African countries we have the ability to share and use information on TB and to apply for funding on a regional basis for TB programmes.

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: South Africa
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
South Africa


Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
keeping all our small community health organisations informed on TB progress and prevention, and keeping other TB role-players aware of the work our organisations do/can do in the TB field

encouraging our projects to refer all people with TB for an HIV test and vice-versa


Declaration of interests:
No conflict of interest declared.

Application date: June 26, 2014
Last updated: July 15, 2014