November health focus

We highlight the health and awareness days in November
By Marina Zietsman

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3 November–3 December
National Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM)
The aim is to celebrate the release of the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and to reach out to people with disabilities.
  • Ubuntu Centre South Africa, an independent, membership-based disabled people’s organisation, is run for and by people with psychosocial disabilities: or
  • National Council for People with Physical Disabilities in South Africa: 011 452 2774 or
  • Disabled People South Africa: 021 422 0357 or
  • SA Disability Alliance: 060 967 0258 or
4–10 November
National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Week
CPR is a life-saving technique that helps maintain some blood flow to the brain and heart, and can help buy time until emergency personnel arrive. CPR can save lives, and you need to be trained to do it. This week’s aim is to urge the general public to learn life-saving rescue skills.
  • The Resuscitation Council of South Africa offers courses: 011 478 3989, or
  • For courses in your city:
14–20 November
World Antibiotics Awareness Week
The week aims to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world.
  • For more info:
25 November–10 December
16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children
This is an international awareness raising campaign running from International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) to International Human Rights Day (10 December), which also includes Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and World Aids Day (1 December). South Africa adopted the campaign in 1998 and it continues to raise awareness among South Africans on the negative impact of violence against women and children.
  • For more info visit Facebook: 16 Days Campaign
5 November
National Children’s Day
The first Saturday of November has been established as National Children’s Day. The aim of the day is to highlight children’s rights, especially with regards to abuse and child trafficking.
6 November
SADC Malaria Day
The month of November is the malaria transmission season in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. The aim is to raise awareness and promote partnerships in the fight against the disease. Holidaymakers and families that travel should be especially aware of vaccination requirements and risk areas.
  • For travel clinics and risk maps, contact The South African National Travel Health Network:
9 November
World Adoption Day
The day is to celebrate families brought together through adoption, and to raise awareness of adoption. It’s also about raising funds to support families that adopt. On World Adoption Day, you are urged to spread the word by drawing a smiley on your hand, taking a photo and posting the picture to social media using the hashtag #WorldAdoptionDay.
  • For more info:
14 November
World Diabetes Day
Diabetes is a chronic, debilitating and costly disease. According to the International Diabetes Federation, by 2035 almost 600 million people could be living with diabetes. The theme this year is “Eyes on Diabetes”. This year the focus is on promoting the importance of screening to ensure early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications.
17 November
World Prematurity (or Preemie) Day
Empower yourself today to learn more about premature birth and the affect this can have on families. Premature birth is a very serious health problem. Worldwide, 15 million babies are born preterm and more than a million die as a result.
  • Newborns Groote Schuur Trust: 021 404 6023, 082 254 2652, or
  • Little Steps is an online support network:

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