• December 13th, 2018
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Stigma a setback to efforts to contain HIV

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.


Nangombe lets it rip on public health

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.


St. Mary’s Health Centre helps children living with HIV

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


Uncollected Katima rubbish a health hazard

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.


Clinical mentorship programme for medical students

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. 


Skin Lightening

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. 


Mental patients need support - Dr Admussu

OSHAKATI - Head of the Psychiatrist department at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital Dr Moges Ayehu Admussu has urged the community to stop stigmatising mental health patients and instead to offer them emotional support.


Student nurses donate towels to maternity ward

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.


Skin self-care routine

A number of studies have shown a direct relationship between looks and earnings, with some papers even claiming that “more beautiful” people earn up to 40 percent more. I will deal with the scientific concept of beauty in one of my future articles. 


WHO impressed with Namibia’s malaria battle

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.


SADC undertakes to eliminate malaria

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.

Fighting non-communicable diseases require political will

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.

UNFPA, NCRST to innovatively reach young people

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.