Santa, noun

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Also SANTA, S.A.N.T.A.
Acronym formed on South African National Tuberculosis Association, a welfare organization established in 1947 to combat the spread of tuberculosis. Also attributive.
1952 B. Davidson Report on Sn Afr. 195The South African white T.B. rate, S.A.N.T.A. concluded, is ‘dangerously high’ — as indeed one might expect, given..a steep rate of incidence among non-whites.
1955 J.B. Shephard Land of Tikoloshe 156There is a ray of hope in S.A.N.T.A. The South African National Tuberculosis Association is a private body which is setting out to raise a million pounds by public subscription. Part of the funds will be used to build suitable settlements where African T.B. patients can be segregated.
1967 E. Rosenthal Encycl. of Sn Afr. 521SANTA..receives substantial contributions from the Government, but is dependent to a large extent on the generosity of the public.
1971 Daily Dispatch 30 June 2The need for more beds at the Santa Settlement at Fort Grey was emphasised by the treasurer of the local branch of Santa.
1973 Evening Post 16 July 2Santa says its function is to prevent the disease spreading, provide treatment services, undertake research, assist with control measures, educate the public and provide social assistance for TB families.
1990 Grocott’s Mail 19 June 6Re-elected for another term as Chairman of the SANTA Bathurst District Branch.
Acronym formed on South African National Tuberculosis Association, a welfare organization established in 1947 to combat the spread of tuberculosis. Also attributive.

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