Provincial Government of the Western Cape: Health Calendar

(Department of Health, Western Cape Government)
Summary
This calendar marks various national and international health days and includes contact details for organisations working around particular health issues.
JANUARY
Date
Event
Organisations

Jan

Sun Safe Awareness Month

Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)
021 689 5347

4 Jan

International Braille Day

South African National Council for the Blind
012 452 3811

28 Jan

World Leprosy Day

The Leprosy Mission
011 440 6323


FEBRUARY
Date
Event
Organisations

Feb

Sun Safe Awareness Month

Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)
021 689 5347

Feb

Diarrhoeal Disease Focus Month

PGWC: Child Health
021 483 2666

Feb

Reproductive Health Focus Month

PGWC: Health Promotion
021 483 5682

4 Feb

International Cancer Day

Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)
021 689 5347

PGWC: Chronic Care
021 483 3071

5 - 9 Feb

Sexually Transmitted Infections Week (STI)

Planned Parenthood Association of SA (PPASA)
021 448 7312

12 - 18 Feb

Condom Week

PGWC: HIV/STI/TB
021 483 4284

12 - 18 Feb

Sexual Health Awareness Week

“Achieving Health, Pleasure and Respect”

The SA Sexual Health Association (SASHA)
011 803 6837 / 0860 100 262

14 Feb

Dress Red for Heart Day

Heart and Stroke Foundation SA
021 447 4222

17 - 25 Feb

Pregnancy Education Week

“Childbirth Education Makes a Difference”

Baby Talk Consulting Services
011 827 4810

PGWC: Maternal, Neonatal and Women's Health
021 918 1507

18 - 25 Feb

Teen Suicide Prevention Week

The S.A Depression and Anxiety Group
011 783 1474

28 Feb

Car Competition Launch

Association for the Physically Disabled
021 555 2881/2/3


MARCH
Date
Event
Organisations

Mar

Intellectual Disability Awareness Month

(Mental Handicap)

Cape Mental Health
021 447 9040

SA Federation for Mental Health
011 781 1852

Mar

Health and Nutrition Campaign

Cancer Association of South Africa
021 689 5347

PGWC: Nutrition
021 483 4266

Mar

International Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis Society of SA
011 646 0449

Mar

Diarrhoeal Disease Focus Month

PGWC: Child Health
021 483 2666

8 Mar

World Kidney Day

“Early Detection and Prevention of Chronic Disease”

National Kidney Foundation of SA
011 447 2531

PGWC: Reproductive Health
021 483 2684

8 Mar

International Women’s Day

21 Mar

International Down Syndrome Awareness Day

Down Syndrome Association
021 949 0990

21 Mar

National Human Rights Day

23 Mar

World Meteorological Day

“Polar Meteorology: Understanding Global Impacts”

S.A Weather Service
012 367 6022

24 Mar

World Tuberculosis Day

PGWC: TB Control Programme
021 483 5431

29 Mar

Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day

Arthritis Foundation
021 425 2344


APRIL
Date
Event
Organisations

Apr

Oesophageal Health Awareness Month

Cancer Association of SA (CANSA)
021 689 5347

1 - 7 Apr

National Polio Eradication Awareness Week

PGWC: EPI
021 918 1579 / 021 483 3156

7 Apr

World Health Day

PGWC: Health Promotion
021 483 5682

17 Apr

World Haemophilia Day

Western Cape Haemophilia Co -ordinator
021 404 3084 / 3369

28 Apr

World Day for Safety & Health at Work

PGWC: Occupational Health
021 483 3287


MAY
Date
Event
Organisations

May

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

Cystic Fibrosis Association
021 557 0323 / 021 782 1226

1 May

World Asthma Day

UCT Lung Institute
021 404 4360 / 011 643 2755

PGWC: Chronic Care
021 483 5682

5 May

International Midwives Day

Society of Midwives
021 406 6449

6 May

International No-Diet Day

Mind-over-Fatter
073 173 6802

6 - 12 May

Mass Polio and Measles Campaign

PGWC: EPI
021 483 4266

6 - 13 May

Hospice Palliative Care Week

Hospice Palliative Association
021 531 0277

10 May

Vuka Move for Health

PGWC Health Promotion
021 483 5682

10 May

International Lupus Day

Arthritis Foundation
021 425 2344

14 May

Nurses Day

PGWC: Information Management
021 402 6324

15 May

International Day of Families

FAMSA
021 447 7951

20 May

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day

PGWC: Health Promotion
021 918 1247

25 May

Bi-Polar Awareness Day

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group
011 783 1474

Cape Mental Health
021 447 9040

28 May

International Day of Action for Women’s Health

Gender Advocacy Programme
012 465 0197

28 May - 1 Jun

Integrated Management of Childhood Ilnesses (IMCI) Week

PGWC: Child Health
021 918 1579 / 483 4266

31 May

World No Tobacco Day

PGWC: Health Promotion
021 483 2677

Cancer Association of South Africa
021 689 5347

Heart and Stroke Foundation
021 447 4222


JUNE
Date
Event
Organisations

Jun

Men’s Health
Awareness

Cancer Association of South Africa
021 689 5347

Jun

Child Protection Month

RAPCAN
021 712 2330

Jun

Blood Donor Month

WP Blood Transfusion Service
021 507 6300

1 Jun

Lollipop Day

Association for the Physically Disabled
012 555 2881/2/3

1 Jun

National Paraffin Safety Day

Paraffin Safety Association of SA
021 424 3473 / 0861 224 422

1 - 8 Jun

National Volunteers Week

Volunteer Centre
021 418 1116

St Luke's Hospice
021 797 5335

1 - 8 Jun

Early Childhood Development Awareness Week

Centre for Early Childhood Development
021 683 2420

2 Jun

Community Integrated Management of Childhood Ilnesses (IMCI) Day

PGWC: Child Health
021 918 1579 / 483 4266

10 - 16 Jun

Mass Polio Campaign

PGWC: Child Health
021 918 1579 / 483 4266

14 Jun

World Blood Donor Day

WP Blood Transfusion Service
021 507 6300

15 Jun

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Action on Elder Abuse SA
021 426 5255

16 Jun

National Youth Day

RAPCAN
021 712 2330

PPASA
021 448 7312

Education Department
021 467 2124

Cape Medical Museum
021 418 5663

17 - 23 Jun

21 Jun

National Epilepsy Week

National Epilepsy Day
“Vuka: Let's talk Epilepsy”

Epilepsy South Africa
021 447 3014

PGWC: Chronic Care
021 483 5682

20 Jun

World Refugee Day

Planned Parenthood Association of SA (PPASA)
021 448 7312

21 Jun

Get Tested Day

Heart and Stroke Foundation
021 447 4222

26 Jun

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking

Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre
021 447 8026

SA National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SANCA)
021 945 4080/1

26 Jun - 1 July

Annual Substance Abuse Awareness Campaign

SA National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SANCA)
021 945 4080/1


JULY
Date
Event
Organisations

Jul

Men’s Health
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer Association of South Africa
021 689 5347

Jul

Psychiatric Disability Awareness Month
(Mental Illness)

Cape Mental Health
021 447 9040

SA Federation for Mental Health
011 781 1852

PGWC: Mental Health
021 483 5660

4 - 8 Jul

Corporate Wellness Week

Heart and Stroke Foundation SA
021 447 4222

10 Jul

Preventing Panic Day

SA Depression and Anxiety Group
011 783 1474

11 Jul

World Population Day

23 - 27 Jul

Sterilization Week

Association for Voluntary Sterilization
021 531 1665

PGWC: Reproductive Health
021 531 1665

25 Jul

National Schizophrenia Day

Schizophrenia Foundation of SA
011 484 9330

Cape Mental Health
021 447 9040

PGWC: Mental Health
021 483 5660

26 Jul

Osteoarthritis Awareness Day

Arthritis Foundation
021 425 2344


AUGUST
Date
Event
Organisations

Aug

Oral Health Month

PGWC: Oral Health
021 918 1614/021–460 9100

Aug

Organ Donor Month

Organ Donor Foundation
0800 226611 (toll free) / 021 426 0198

Aug

Child Safety / Injury Prevention Month

“Children are not Small Adults”

Child Accident Prevention Foundation SA
021 685 5208

PGWC: Health Promotion
021 483 5682

1 -7 Aug

Cancer Prevention Week

Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)
021 689 5347

1 - 7 Aug

Breastfeeding Week

PGWC: Nutrition
021 918 1413 / 483 5663

5 - 11 Aug

National Immunisation Awareness Week

EPI
021 918 1579 / 021 483 3156

9 Aug

National Women’s Day

Planned Parenthood Association of SA (PPASA)
021 448 7312

11 Aug

National Cancer Survivors Day

GVI Oncology
021 949 4060

12 Aug

SA Rural Women's Day

REACH
021 683 3111

19 - 26 Aug

National Electricity Safety Week

Eskom
044 801 2508

25 - 24 Aug

Health Promoting Schools Week

HPS Reference Group
021 650 3368 / 084 434 5688

Cape Mental Health
021 447 9040

27 - 31 Aug

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week

Cerebral Palsy Association
021 685 4150

27 Aug - 2 Sept

Kidney Awareness Week

“Awareness, Early Detection and Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease”

Kidney Foundation of SA
011 447 2531

PGWC: Chronic care
021 483 5682


SEPTEMBER
Date
Event
Organisations

Sep

Women’s Health

Cervical Care Month

Cancer Association of South Africa
021 689 5347

PGWC: Reproductive Health
021 483 5682

Sep

Continence Awareness Month

CASA
082 786 5017 / 082 454 7294

Sep

Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month

Muscular Dystrophy Foundation
021 557 1423 / 083 651 9464

Sep

National Heart Awareness Month

Heart and Stroke Foundation
021 447 4222

PGWC: Chronic Care
021 483 5682

Sep

School AIDS Month

Education Department
021 467 2124 / 012 312 5203

Planned Parenthood Association of SA (PPASA)
021 448 7312

1 Sep

Casual Day

Cape Mental Health
021 447 9040

1 - 8 Sep

Adult Literacy Week

Centre for the Book
021 423 2669

3 - 8 Sep

Adult Learner's Week

The Adult Learning Network
021 447 4828

3 - 9 Sep

Pharmacy Week

PGWC: Pharmacist
021 918 1526

3 - 9 Sep

International Week of Deaf People

Deaf Federation of South Africa (DEAFSA)
011 482 1610

7 Sep

Casual Day

Association for the Physically Disabled
021 555 2881/2/3

SA National Council for the Blind
012 452 3811

8 Sep

International Literacy Day

The Adult Learning Network
021 447 4828

8 Sep

International Physiotherapy Day

SA Society of Physiotherapy
011 485 1467

9 Sep

International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day (FAS)

SANCA
021 945 4080/1

FAS Information Centre
021 531 3256

PGWC: Health Promotion
021 483 5682

10 - 14 Sep

Physiotherapy Back Week

SA Society of Physiotherapy
011 485 1467

17 - 21 Sep

Stroke Awareness Week

Stroke Foundation
011 803 4997

Heart and Stroke Foundation SA
021 447 4222

21 Sep

World Alzheimer’s Day

Alzheimer’s South Africa
011 478 2234/5

Dementia SA
021 421 0077/8

PGWC Chronic Care
021 483 5682

22 - 30 Sep

Safe Sleep Week

Baby Talk Consulting CC
082 334 0434 / 011 827 4810

30 Sep

Joint Walk in Collaboration with RunWalk for Life

Arthritis Foundation
021 425 2344

30 Sep

World Heart Day

Heart and Stoke Foundation SA
021 447 4222

PGWC Chronic Care
021 483 5682


OCTOBER
Date
Event
Organisations

Oct

Osteoporosis Awareness Month

National Osteoporosis Foundation of SA
021 931 7894

Oct

Mental Health Awareness Month

Cape Mental Health Society
021 447 9040

SA Federation for Mental Health
011 781 1852

Mental Health Information Centre of SA
021 938 9536

PGWC: Mental Health
021 483 5660

Oct

International Breast Health Awareness Month

Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)
021 689 5347

PGWC: Reproductive Health
021 483 5682

1 Oct

International Day for Older Persons

Age in Action
021 426 4280

PGWC: Chronic Care
021 483 5682

1 - 7 Oct

Week of Older Persons in SA

Age in Action
021 426 4249

PGWC: Chronic Care
021 483 5682

4 - 10 Oct

International Animal Week

SPCA
021 700 4140

6 Oct

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

Hospice Palliative Association
021 531 0277

7 Oct

Grandparents’ Day

Age in Action
021 426 4249

8 - 12 Oct

Eye Care Awareness Week

South African National Council for the Blind
021 452 3811

PGWC: Chronic Care
021 483 5682

9 - 15 Oct

16 Oct

National Nutrition Week

World Food Day

PGWC: Nutrition
021 918 1694

10 Oct

World Mental Health Day

“Transcultural Mental Health”

Cape Mental Health
021 447 9040

SA Federation for Mental Health
011 781 1852

PGWC: Mental Health
021 483 5660

SA Depression and Anxiety Group
011 783 1474

Mental Health Information Centre of SA
021 938 9536

11 Oct

World Sight Day

South African National Council for the Blind
012 452 3811

PGWC: Chronic Care
021 483 5682

12 Oct

International Arthritis Day

Arthritis Foundation
021 425 2344

14 - 20 Oct

National Down Syndrome Awareness Week

Down Syndrome Association
021 689 1519

PGWC: Human Genetics
021 483 5682

15 Oct

International White Cane Day

South African National Council for the Blind
012 452 3811

PAWC: Chronic Care
021 483 5682

15 - 19 Oct

Obesity Week

Heart and Stroke Foundation
021 447 4222

20 Oct

National Down Syndrome Awareness Day

Down Syndrome Association
021 689 1519

20 Oct

World Osteoporosis Day

National Osteoporosis Foundation of SA
021 931 7894

Arthritis Foundation
021 425 2344

29 Oct

World Psoriasis Awareness Day

“Treatment for All”

SA Psoriasis Association
021 556 1141 / 082 897 9854


NOVEMBER
Date
Event
Organisations

Nov

Sun Safe Awareness Month

Cancer Association of South Africa
021 689 5347

Nov

Home/Community Based Care Awareness Month

PAWC: HBC
021 483 5662

3 Nov

National Children's Day

RAPCAN
021 712 2330

12 - 16 Nov

CPR Week

Heart and Stroke Foundation
021 447 4222

12 - 17 Nov

14 Nov

National Diabetes Awareness Week

World Diabetes Day

SA Diabetes Association
021 425 4440

PGWC: Nutrition
021 918 1413 / 483 5663

PGWC Chronic Care
021 483 5682

19 Nov

World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

RAPCAN
021 712 2330

21 Nov

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day

UCT Lung Institute
021 404 4360 / 011 643 2755

23 Nov

Complementary Therapies Awareness Day

Arthritis Foundation
021 425 2344

25 - 29 Nov

Kangaroo Mother Care

PGWC: Maternal, Neonatal and Womens Health
021 918 1507

25 Nov - 10 Dec

16 Days of Activism Against Domestic Violence

RAPCAN
021 712 2330

FAMSA
021 447 7951

PGWC: MCWH


DECEMBER
Date
Event
Organisations

Dec

Sun Safe Awareness Month

Cancer Association of South Africa
021 689 5347

1 Dec

World AIDS Day

FAMSA
021 447 7951

Cape Medical Museum
021 418 5663

Planned Parenthood Association of SA (PPASA)
021 448 7312

PGWC: HIV/STI/TB
021 483 2518

3 Dec

International Day for Persons with Disabilities

South African National Council for the Blind
012 452 3811

Cape Mental Health
021 447 9040

PGWC Rehabilitation
021 483 5682

3 Dec

National Transplant Day

Organ Donor Foundation
0800 226611 (toll free) / 021 426 0198

5 Dec

International Volunteers Day

Volunteer Centre
072 387 6033

FAMSA
021 447 7951

Cape Mental Health
021 447 9040

10 Dec

International Human Rights Day

12 Dec

International Day Against Child Trafficking

RAPCAN
021 712 2330

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