Catholic Aids Network (CAN)

What is CAN?

CAN was established in 1995 to give expression to the Archbishop’s concern for the growing problem of AIDS and to bring together the different bodies in the Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Town working for AIDS. It began with Bishop Reginald Cawcutt and four members, today there are ten, each with a considerable programme.

CAN meets quarterly and has become an invaluable think-tank and support group for the members.


Nazareth House provides residential care for 52 young children in Vredehoek and day care for 30 infants at Liso Nobanda in Khayelitsha

The Missionary Sisters of Charity (Mother Theresa) provide a home for the homeless and terminally ill, accommodating 60-70 people including children, do family and prison visits

The Caring Network provides training and delivers supervised home based care to 450 patients in greater Cape Town

DOCKDA offers Aids training and capacity building to rural Catholic based community organisations in Namaqualand, O’Kiep, Keimoes, Hopetown, De Aar, Malmesbury, Atlantis and Middelburg, Cape.

The Goedgedacht Trust is a rural community development programme with an Aids component and conference centre at Malmesbury/West Coast Region
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HOPE (HIV outreach program & education) is a partnership project of the German speaking Catholic Community Cape Town with the Provincial Health, University of Stellenbosch and the Rotary Club of Signal Hill providing care, support, treatment, research, awareness at Tygerberg Hospital (Ithemba Ward) and local communities (e.g. Mfuleni, Elsiesrevier, Clanwilliam).

Women in Need (WIN) is a Catholic Welfare and Development project working with homeless people on the street with an Aids component

St Joseph’s Home, Montana in partnership with Provincial Health, provides step-down/respite care for 24 AIDS infants under two years and their mothers

GILLIC (Go in love and light in Christ) is a young adult group promoting a behaviour-changing process known as Education for Life

St Kizito’s Children, W. Cape is part of a national programme to equip church communities to respond to children infected and affected by Aids and includes nutrition support for mothers and children in partnership with UCT.

See also: HOPE Educational Programme for Catholic Aids Network
A document containing clinical facts, history & background about HIV/Aids; statistics; stigmas; information about transmission, prevention & testing, how HIV can be detected, voluntary counselling & testing, treatment, family & working place do’s and don’ts, STD’s, impact on industries; myths; history and purpose of the Catholic Aids Network and the various groups involved; and a statement from the Catholic Aids Network.

Contact details:
Chairperson: Fr Sean Cahill, OFM Cap. Tel: 021 696 6713.