OVERVIEW

Through health literacy efforts and multisectoral action, The NICD plays a vital role in keeping communities healthy and informed about potential health risks as well as preventative measures with regards to communicable diseases.

Health awareness and promotion addresses behavioural factors such as the vaccination of families and pets, thorough hand washing, safe sex and practising good food hygiene. When people understand the risks of certain lifestyle choices, they know to start making changes. Communicable diseases are preventable, and as an organisation, the NICD aims to engage and empower South Africans to choose healthy behaviours and make changes to reduce the risk and spread of communicable diseases.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES OVERVIEW

As part of Health Promotion, the NICD commemorates various awareness days. Below is a list of those days 

NICD Awareness Days 2019

January

  • 27th World Leprosy Day

February

  • 4th World Cancer Day
  • 11-15th STI/Condom Week
  • 12 Feb-27th Mar Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination first round

March

  • TB Awareness Month
  • 24th World TB Day

April

  • 24-30th African Vaccination Week
  • 25th World Malaria Day

July

  • 28th World Hepatitis Day

August

  • 4-10th Polio Awareness Week

September
Cervical Cancer Month

  • 28th World Rabies Day

October

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • 30 Sept-4th Fungal Awareness Week
  • 24th World Polio Day

November

  • 4-8th SADC Malaria Week
  • SADC Malaria Day
  • 12th World Pneumonia Day
  • 11-17th World Antibiotic Awareness Week

December

  • 1st World AIDS Day
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