About Us

The Caring Network is an NPO operating in the Northern /Tygerberg district of the Cape Metropole, South Africa.The designated areas are: greater Bishop Lavis, Wallacedene and surroundings, and Bloekombos in Kraaifontein.

Our Vision

Communities which are both supported and empowered to optimally manage their health needs.

Mission

The Caring Network is to provide integrated primary health care services to designated communities within the Western Cape through both Home and Community based care.

Our Objectives

  • Providing a community oriented primary health care approach to address a range of Health issues including TB and HIV/ AIDS
  • Develop and maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders in the immediate community.
  • Provide additional health and psychosocial care and support through referral networks.
  • Provide employment opportunities in our designated communities through employing community based health workers.
  • Monitor and evaluate performance in terms of best practice to ensure service delivery excellence.
  • Provide ongoing support and care for the carers.

Our Values

  • Compassion,
  • Commitment,
  • Respect for the dignity of others,
  • Transparency,
  • Accountability,
  • Organizational excellence.

Health is a basic need, and health care is a basic right. The Caring Network provides peer learning and support in communities by communities. The client is seen as part of a family, of a home, as well as of a community. This means that a client-centred approach not only focuses on a curative response, but a response that increases client, family as well as community participation. This holistic approach allows for better health outcomes for clients.

The Western Cape Department of Health provides project- based funding to The Caring Network. We believe that the primary health care model promotes wellness and reduces illness through health promotion and prevention.

Our History

The Caring Network is a tax -exempt non- profit organization that was established in 1991.

In 1990, when Catholic Welfare Development (CWD) asked Priests in the archdiocese how CWD could best assist them, many said that providing counselling was one of the biggest challenges. Some were prepared to undergo training in counselling, but most wanted a Catholic counselling facility to refer people to.

In response, Anne Templeton, a social worker at CWD, called for a meeting of interested Catholics and from this 1991 meeting a Steering Committee was formed under the chairmanship of Professor Brian Robertson to develop the Catholic Care and Counselling Network- or Emmaus Project. A training programme in Caring Skills was developed, and over the ensuing years training was conducted in the majority of parishes in the archdiocese with the aim of establishing Care Groups in every parish.

Over the following years the needs of two particular groups of individuals came to require special programmes: these were the Prison Ministry initiated in 1996 that became independent in 2000 and the Community Home Based Care and Support Group for people living with HIV and AIDS. At a special meeting in February 2000, it was decided to prioritise resources for the programme for HIV and AIDS and other illnesses, and for the parish care group initiative to be taken over once more by CWD. In February 1997, the new HIV/AIDS initiative became independent under the name The Caring Network. TB was spreading fast as an opportunistic infection among HIV positive people which made people very ill and many died. There was a great need for the Caring Network to recruit more carers. Originally services were provided in Mbekweni and Khayelitsha but were subsequently discontinued.

In recent years the focus of the Caring Network has changed in response to the changing needs of communities and the developing priorities of the Department of Health and is no longer restricted to HIV/AIDS and TB. We now embrace a community oriented primary health care approach to all health needs with a strong emphasis on prevention and community education. We recognise that the core health problem is disease progression, including a high incidence of diseases that can be managed with proper care, information and medical support. Poor management of health, non-compliance to health care, poor identification and referral as well as the absence of wellness lessens quality of life for many in the community.

The Caring Network is in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health as our main funder.

Team

We consist of a dedicated team of full-time, contracted and volunteer staff that serve in a variety of fields.

Isabella Cootee

Director

Kholeka Rasalanavho

Finance Officer

Lenoria Komanisi

Wallacedene Project

Lurline Hess

Wallacedene Project

Wendy Arendse

Bishop Lavis Project

Zenobia Davids

Bishop Lavis Project

Nomsa Luvuno

Bloekombos Project

Nonceba Makula

+27 (0)73 721 0163 Bloekombos Project

Projects

Home Community Based Care Project

Home Community Based Care Project Wallacedene (Head Office)
Home Community Based Care Project Bloekombos
Home Community Based Care Project Bishop Lavis


We have 106 community health workers who:
• provide community- based nutrition rehabilitation, promotion of mental health and healthy lifestyles, women’s health, and chronic disease prevention, including TB/HIV. • conduct pregnancy testing if required and refer pregnant women for BANC. Conduct supportive postnatal visits within 3-5 days from when the women return home.
• provide information on preventing transmission of COVID-19 in the communities.
• assist with household delivery of chronic medication (CDU).
• assist with physical care including support for activities of daily living (feeding, bathing, dressing, turning, care in bed) as well as wound care.
• support abuse prevention and response education and refer for child protection.
• provide linkage for unwanted pregnancy and safe abortion services if cases identified.
• screen households visited for TB symptoms and refer for TB diagnosis and treatment if identified.
• provide information on preventing transmission of COVID-19.
• follow up mental health patients at home as referred by the primary care facility.
• visit palliative care patients when the family or primary care facility reports a problem.
• facilitate appropriate referral for health services, rehabilitation (acute impairments) and social support where required.

ISIBINDI IMPILO Project

The Caring Network is an Implementing partner for this Project in partnership with NACCW and NACOSA.
The programme aims to address vulnerability of Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Youth (Stable, Healthy, Schooled, Safety) and preventing HIV/AIDS in vulnerable populations focusing on orphans and vulnerable children.

The model used by ISIBINDI IMPILO is an Integrated Case-Management approach. 55 Child and Youth Care-workers are providing services in The Northern/Tygerberg sub-district.