Two years have passed since a little boy arrived at the Hollard office with hope in his eyes.
WINDHOEK - U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson launched the new Pepfar -funded voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme “Safe VMMC” in Namibia a programme that will cost the US aid agency a whopping N$497 140 000 over a five-year period.
NAIROBI - Hepatitis E is currently the leading cause of maternal mortality in Namibia.
WINDHOEK - The First Lady, Monica Geingos, has said infertility in Namibia should be treated like any other health issue: with professionalism, empathy, respect and stigma. “It is not always the women’s fault; men too can struggle with infertility. Couples would not know if they are not both exposed to medical examinations and tests,” explained Geingos.
WINDHOEK - The DTS Stadium in Olympia was crowded with over 300 fitness and health enthusiasts over the weekend who thronged the first ever health and wellness support event.
Yesterday, the world observed World Hepatitis Day under the theme ‘Find the missing millions’. The event aimed to raise global awareness about viral hepatitis, a group of infectious diseases known as viral
WINDHOEK – With greater contraceptive options, more than 200 million women and girls worldwide could
WINDHOEK – Officials from the Ministry of Health and Social Services will visit Osire refugee camp this week to bridge the gap of complaints regarding inadequate health care.
WINDHOEK - Strengthen our sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), especially for young people in rural areas and those with disabilities. Give us access to sexual reproductive health (SRH)
I recently read this quote: “A real woman can raise a child by herself, but a real man would never let her!” My immediate reaction was: ‘Wow, what a weighty statement!’ The more I ponder that quote, the more I
WINDHOEK – A report to the Health Professions Council of Namibia (HPCNA) says that the November 2018 board examination where only two out of 240 foreign-trained medical doctors passed the exams was found to
WINDHOEK – Women who experience abuse are more likely to go to health facilities than women who do not experience it.
WINDHOEK - Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Kalumbi Shangula says despite the medicinal properties contained in cannabis, there are alternatives that are more potent and therefore Namibia
WINDHOEK- Cervical cancer is a major cause of mortality for women with HIV and although papsmear is widely available in the country, delayed results can be deadly for women with HIV, the United States of America President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Pepfar) country director, Carey Spear says.
RUNDU - The Director of Health in Kavango East and Kavango West Timeya Ngwira has condemned the practice of traditional circumcision reported to be high in the two regions.
A registered dietician has decided to take her services to Katutura in order to reach out to that community with information and services on diet.
WINDHOEK - Only one case linked to Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) has been confirmed by the Ministry of Health and Social Services. Three other cases suspected to be of the fever tested negative while two other cases’ results are still pending.
We have started out last week with a discussion on employee wellness, and will cover employee-related issues throughout this month in solidarity with global employee health and fitness month.
WINDHOEK - The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare on Friday donated 91 sanitary towels towards a campaign to collect 3000 sanitary towels for disadvantaged girls and young women in the Kavango East Region.
WINDHOEK - Nearly one year after attending the First Foundation for Ichthyosis and related skin types conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States, 23-year-old Puveri Tjikuua is starting a similar support group for Namibians living with ichthyosis and other related skin conditions.
Did you know that the month of May is universally observed as Global Employee Health and Fitness Month (GEHFM)? Health and fitness are considered crucial elements of employee health which in return boosts company growth.
I’m sure you will agree with me that getting rid of bad habits is not child’s play. A habit cannot be tossed out of the window, neither will it disappear miraculously overnight! Getting rid of bad habits is an “undo-it-yourself” project that needs to be
WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Health and Social Services, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), will train health care providers to effectively assist victims and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).
WINDHOEK – As part of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s 71st anniversary and World Health Day commemoration, which took place earlier this month, the United Nations community in Namibia and stakeholders in the health sector joined the public in the walk/run for health initiative on Saturday.
WINDHOEK – The U.S Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday announced funding of N$24.4 million towards the Ministry of Health and Social Services for the period of April to September this year to fight the HIV/Aids epidemic.
It is widely believed that our habits impact our productivity, financial security, and happiness. At the core of each habit is the habit loop. In this edition we continue to elaborate on why habits exist and how they work, including some understanding of the habit loop.
WINDHOEK – Shock and disbelief were written all over *Vistorina’s face four years ago when, after giving birth, she learned that her baby boy was born with a facial defect.
WINDHOEK – The ambassador of the United States of America to Namibia, Lisa Johnson, presented certificates of completion to healthcare providers from the Khomas Region on March 29.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up? You most probably reach out for your smart phone! Or you close your eyes and pray, or you get up and switch on the kettle for a cup of coffee to kick-start your day.
WINDHOEK - The Nampharm Foundation Trust has operated on over 100 children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate, putting not only a smile on these young lives but also resulting in speech enhancement for these children.
Annually, on the 24th of March, Namibians join the rest of the world in celebrating World TB Day.
WINDHOEK – Condoms are now only accessible at state health facilities for the public and bar owners.
WINDHOEK- Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Kalumbi Shangula last week in Parliament put a spotlight on the country’s achievements in the health sector, saying that the ministry has made remarkable strides over the year in achieving health and social well-being of the Namibian people.
WINDHOEK - The World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses says the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer and hypertension requires special attention. Almost 50 percent of Namibians are hypertensive which is a major risk to stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, emphasised Sagoe-Moses.
The World Health Organisation (Who)’s Country Representative, Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses shares insight on the Hepatitis E Virus rapid assessment in this Question and Answer session.
The Russian Alumni Association of Namibia (RAAN) is deeply aggrieved by your statement concerning the performance of foreign-trained medical graduates in the contested Pre-Internship test. Your statement, and by extension that of the Health
WINDHOEK – While it is important for Namibia to secure additional financing for health to achieve its goals and sustain its health response, it is equally important to ensure that such resources are managed efficiently, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula said.
WINDHOEK – Government hospitals consumed the single greatest portion of the total health expenditure with 29 percent in 2015/2016 financial year and 34 the following year, according to a report availed by the Ministry of Health and Social Services last week.
WINDHOEK - The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula, says hepatitis E, which was declared an outbreak in December 2017, has exposed the ministry’s unpreparedness to deal with emergencies.
WINDHOEK – The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN), Rolf Hansen, says it will participate in a study that will determine if antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) may have an influence in childhood diagnosis of cancer.
WINDHOEK – The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) has stressed the importance of sexually active women regularly undergoing screening for cervical cancer for early detection.
WINDHOEK - New medical equipment worth N$550 000 donated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) is indicative of collaborative efforts tailored towards improving the health of Namibian prison inmates.
KATIMA MULILO - The new temporary dumpsite being used by the Katima Mulilo Town Council (KMTC) has raised eyebrows at the north eastern town, with many residents considering it a health hazard due to its proximity to residential areas and its lack of an environmental clearance certificate.
WINDHOEK – Walking into the paediatric oncology ward of the Windhoek Central Hospital, a scene of children running, others walking up and down with echoes of giggles in the hallway greets us.
WINDHOEK – It is a tradition that at the beginning of each year, some people set new year’s resolutions. Be it individual or corporate, these goals are generally aimed at guiding people on the path to attaining their goals for the new year.
WINDHOEK – “As long as you set goals for yourself, nothing can stop you, except yourself. Nothing comes easy but if you know what you want to become, you can achieve that through hard work, dedication and commitment,” were the words of a young medical graduate who obtained a Bachelor of General Medicine and Surgery (MD), from the Kursk State Medical University in Russia.
WINDHOEK - People who eat higher levels of dietary fibre and whole grains have lower rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) compared with people who eat lesser amounts, while links for low glycaemic load and low glycaemic index diets are less clear.
WINDHOEK –HIV positive residents of the Mix informal settlement which is located some 20 kilometers north of Windhoek say the lack of transport fare to travel to Windhoek is one of the reasons some fail to collect their anti-retroviral (ARVs) drugs, thus compromising their health.
WINDHOEK - As part of his festive season message to travellers and visitors alike, the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta says litter and irresponsible waste disposal creates an eye sore, unattractive environment and is hazardous to wildlife and a risk to people’s health and wellbeing.
WINDHOEK - An epidemiologist from Uganda who spent two months in Namibia on a mission to support the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the World Health Organisation (WHO) country office to support the Hepatitis E response says behaviour change is needed to stop the spread of the disease.
WINDHOEK - Last year in April, 13-year-old Fillimon George collapsed and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.
WINDHOEK - More than a year since Namibia experienced Hepatitis E, which led to it being declared an outbreak last December, health officials and relevant stakeholders are called for the redoubling of efforts to contain the disease.
WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) is undertaking a rapid assessment survey on knowledge, attitude, and practices of residents of Havana and Goreangab informal settlements on Hepatitis E virus during the ongoing outbreak.
OSHIVELO - The councillor of Nehale Lya Mpingana, Leevi Reinholdt, is of the view that if stigma and discrimination is not addressed urgently among communities, it will erode the efforts made so far to fight and ensure many people get tested for HIV/AIDs.
An executive rehab facility in South Africa is ready to welcome Namibian Professionals seeking affordable specialized treatment for addiction.
New Era Senior Journalist Alvine Kapitako this week spoke to the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe, on the challenges facing the public health sector. The wide-ranging interview will be published in parts due to space constraints. This is Part 1.
ODIBO - In Namibia, teen clubs help provide adolescents who live with HIV a positive space to gather socially—and help health centres reach the growing number of HIV-positive teenagers who need emotional and psychological support in addition to medical treatment. Odibo Health Centre established a teen club in 2013 to better meet the unique needs of
WINDHOEK – The Russian Alumni Association of Namibia (RAAN) hosted a three-day clinical mentorship programme for medical graduates who studied in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, China, Algeria and Cuba.
WINDHOEK – SADC health ministers were urged to re-affirm their commitment and pursue efforts to strengthen emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as an integral component of reviving primary health care acceleration.
KATIMA MULILO - Uncollected piles of rubbish continues to pose a health hazard in Katima Mulilo after the town council nullified the refuse collection tender early last month, after it was ordered to re-advertise the rubbish tender by the Procurement Review Panel.
WINDHOEK – The Russian Alumni Association of Namibia is hosting a three-day mentorship programme at the University of Namibia (Unam)’s Dr Hage Geingob Campus in November. The mentorship programme themed ‘Your gateway into Namibia’s health profession’ will take place from 8 to 10 November.
WINDHOEK – The burden of disease in Namibia is such that despite the commendable investments by the government, the capacity of public health facilities is stretched, which leads to challenges in the quality of care that citizens receive.
WINDHOEK – The Tobias Hainyeko constituency AIDS Coordinating Committee in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) held a condom promotion and HIV testing event at Okuryangava on Saturday.
It is widely accepted among scientists that all humans share a common ancestor and due to evolutionary pressure, following migration to the north and southern hemispheres with different climate conditions and UV light exposure, our skin colour changed to adapt to the relevant level of UV light with altered melanin levels in the skin, this simply to maximise survival chances and perpetuation of our species.
WINDHOEK – It was on a sunny Monday afternoon at around 14h00 when this reporter walked into the waiting area of the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) clinic at the Katutura Health Centre.
RUNDU – The Rundu Intermediate Hospital’s maternity ward was the recipient of 227 towels from final-year nursing students, which will be used by nurses to wrap newborn babies straight after birth before wrapping them in a blanket. This is to maintain a healthy temperature as newborns can lose a lot of heat very quickly.
WINDHOEK - Health Focus this week looks into skin bleaching and whether it is advisable to use skin lightening products.
WINDHOEK – Last week Saturday, a new fitness entity christened Genesis Fitness opened to the communities of Katutura and Windhoek in general.
WINDHOEK - Trauma Healing Network recently trained 27 participants in the Colour-Me-Healed Programme. Trauma in people manifests in ways that most people do not even recognise as the effects of unresolved traumatic experiences.
WINDHOEK – Plans are underway to introduce the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine in Namibia to state patients next year, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Juliet Kavetuna, has revealed.
WINDHOEK - The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended Namibia for having made tremendous progress over the last two decades in its quest to reduce the malaria burden, though in the same breath the UN agency said resistance to anti-malaria drugs remains a challenge.
WINDHOEK – Even though it is rarely openly discussed, mental illness in the academic space is a major problem affecting both students and academics alike.
WINDHOEK - The 38th Summit of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government has affirmed to place on its agenda the elimination of malaria in the region. SADC heads of state and government have decided to make elimination one of the priority projects in the region in order to eliminate the disease, according to the official communiqué of the summit.
WINDHOEK - There is urgent need to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) services in Southern Africa, as far too many people continue to live without access to these basic facilities.
WINDHOEK - Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says the response to non-communicable diseases calls for development and implementation of policies and laws that address the risk factors. It also calls for strengthening of the health system to be able to offer patient-centered services across the spectrum of prevention, early detection, treatment and palliative care, added the Prime Minister.
WINDHOEK – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Namibia and the Namibia National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding in the areas of innovation targeting young people.