In Namibia, a new mother brings early childhood development to her community
MASIDA VILLAGE, 25 April 2017 – The year 2013 was a positive turning point for Vivian Ndungati from Masida village, in north-east Namibia’s Zambezi Region. At the age of 23, Vivian gave birth to her first child and soon discovered a passion for helping children get a good start in life.
Preventing measles and rubella in Namibia's remote communities
ZAMBEZI REGION, Namibia, 21 September 2016 – For the next three weeks, Jackson Muhanda, his wife Rosemary and their three infant grandchildren will camp together along the shores of Lake Liambezi in Namibia. They will be joining hundreds of other men and women who rely on this huge body of water to make a living.
In Namibia, ‘Little Bugs’ brings early childhood development to the desert
SOSSUSVLEI, Namibia, 12 September 2016 – Thirteen years ago, Jeanette Swartbooi, 38, relocated to Sossusvlei, in the middle of the Namib Desert. This move was in response to a breakthrough in employment opportunities in the booming tourism industry. The testimony of her life today demonstrates the paradox of how this employment opportunity has resulted in her children being excluded from essential social services such as schools, health facilities and even shops.
In Namibia, reaching rural communities with good health practices
OSHANA, Namibia, 14 May 2015 – Neither the loud music nor the sight of his peers catching up on gossip can detract Abner Shivute from his daily mission. While men his age are making merry and relaxing at the shebeens (local dancing and drinking establishments), Abner stands out as a conspicuous lone figure.
Namibian villagers grapple with the worst drought in three decades
OPUWO, Kunene region, Namibia, 7 August 2013 – Kariamakuju Kauta lifts some dry, dusty sand from what was a field of maize and vegetables. She has one week’s supply of maize. She is not sure how she will feed her family after it’s gone.
Teen Club in Namibia helps children living with HIV transition into adolescence
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 3 December 2012 - Once a month, about 50 adolescents congregate at Teen Club to discuss the challenges they face in life. They also receive health education.
Community workers take healthcare to the hardest-to-reach villages in Namibia
OPUWO, Namibia, 18 October 2012 - In its quest to ensure that no child die from preventable diseases, the Ministry of Health and Social Services of Namibia, with the support of UNICEF and development partners, has deployed 34 health extension workers as public service employees to extend healthcare and social welfare services from health facilities into the community.
Namibia launches agenda with special emphasis on children living with disabilities
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 5 July 2012 – This year’s Day of the African Child was commemorated under the theme ‘The Rights of the Children with disabilities: The Duty to Protect, Respect, Promote and Fulfil’. The event served as a platform to launch Namibia’s National Agenda for Children (2012-2016), a document demonstrating and articulating the country’s commitment to the rights of its children.
Cross-border immunization programme protects Namibians and Angolans
OSHIKANGO, Namibia, 26 April 2012 – The Namibian-Angolan border post at Oshikango is hectic on a normal afternoon. Since the conflict in Angola ended, trade between Namibia and Angola has flourished.
Young parliamentarians stress need for investment in technology in Namibia
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 16 May 2011 – Last week’s Third Session of Namibia’s Children’s Parliament had a clear message: information and communication technology (ICT) skills and services are essential if the country is to achieve its vision of reaching industrialized nation status by 2030.
UNICEF and partners respond as heavy rains displace tens of thousands in Namibia
ONDANGWA, Namibia, 13 April 2011 – A few sunny days offer some respite for citizens reeling from the impact of the worst floods in northern and central Namibia since 2008, and its heaviest recorded rains.
A national campaign aims to increase Namibian men's involvement in HIV health programmes
KATUTURA, Namibia, 24 March 2011 – Israel Ndeshaanya and Elisabeth Nagula live together with their 8-month old son, Nicolas, in the township of Katutura.
Fostering alternatives for orphaned or neglected children in Namibia
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 22 November 2010 – “I made a promise, when I could not have more children myself, that I would look after children who don’t have mothers or fathers,” says Verity Van Wyk, sitting on the sofa in a house provided by a small charity called Ministries of Hope, where she is raising four foster-care children.
At regional workshop in Namibia, African parliamentarians vow to do more for children
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 5 November 2010 – There is a growing recognition in Eastern and Southern Africa that child-sensitive protection policies are a critical way to provide a social safety net for the region’s poorest and most vulnerable children. Recently, Members of Parliament from across the region committed to pass better aimed at creating social policies that protect children.
UNICEF encourages cricket for boys and girls in Namibia
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 23 March 2010 – Hundreds of people gathered at the Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek, Namibia for the launch of Kwata Cricket. The partnership between UNICEF and Cricket Namibia promotes sport and play as vital elements in the health and well-being of children and young people.
UNICEF launches ‘Galz and Goals’ programme to promote sport for girls in Namibia
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 10 November 2009 – UNICEF and the Namibia Football Association (NFA) have launched a programme in Windhoek to help get more Namibian girls playing sport.
Birth registration effort aims to protect child rights in Namibia
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 28 October 2009—A novel idea for children has become a reality, now that the Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has set up an office in the maternity ward at Katutura State Hospital, the main public hospital in Windhoek. This UNICEF-supported effort is designed to ensure that every child born at the hospital receives a birth certificate.
Namibia at forefront of global push to increase AIDS treatment
OHANGWENA DISTRICT, Namibia, 30 September 2009 – Alfeus, 8, misses school once a month, which makes everyone around him happy. His absence is excused because he is receiving his regular anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment as part of a vastly expanded HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention health programme in Namibia.
Setting minimum standards for residential child care in Namibia
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 12 Aug 2009 – Treza Cooper has been living at the Namibia Children’s Home for three years. She’s a bright and dedicated student and is involved in many activities at her school. When she was asked to become the Child Representative to a group developing Minimum Standards of Residential Child Care Facilities (RCCF), she accepted the challenge.
Finding hope after the floods in Namibia
OGWENDIVA TOWN, Namibia, 21 May 2009 – Despite being weary from the intense sun, the children of the Ekeku displaced persons' camp in northern Namibia continue to dance while singing local traditional songs. More than 350 children have been calling this place home for nearly three months now.
Cholera outbreaks raise concern in nine Southern African countries
NEW YORK, USA, 10 March 2009 – With the peak of the rainy season already months past, cholera remains a problem for the governments of nine Southern African countries.
Campaign to promote hygiene launched with Namibia's Health Ministry and Glaxo Smith Kline
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 4 November 2008 – UNICEF, in partnership with Namibia’s Health Ministry and Glaxo Smith Kline, recently urged civil society, private sector and other international partners to promote hygiene and sanitation promotion in Namibia.
Namibia launches pilot project for birth registration
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 31 October 2008 – Declaring that every child has a right to a name and a nationality, the Government of Namibia – in collaboration with UNICEF – has launched a pilot programme to ensure that all children born in hospital are registered at birth.
'Every child’s right': Birth registration programme launches in Namibia
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 23 October 2008 – In collaboration with UNICEF, the Government of Namibia has launched a pilot programme to ensure that all children who are born in hospitals will receive a birth certificate.
After devastating floods, Namibians fight cholera and wait for a return to normalcy
ENGELA and OSHIKANGO, Namibia, 16 April 2008 – Since February, floodwaters have inundated thousands of square kilometres of rural north-central Namibia. According to the Namibian Government, over 71,000 people have been affected by the floods.
Requesting aid for those who have been displaced by floodwaters in Namibia
ONGWEDIVA, Namibia, 7 April 2008 – Meme Selma, a 65-year-old farmer and mother of seven, is one of about 4,000 people who have been forced from their homes by floods over the last two months.
First-ever synchronized polio campaign between Namibia, Angola and DR Congo
ONDANGWA, Namibia, 28 June 2007 – When the gates at the border crossing on the Angola-Namibia border open, it's more than trade that can go rushing through. Polio and other diseases need no passports.
Namibian Digital Diarist talks to other young people about AIDS
NEW YORK, USA, 17 January 2007 – In her latest Digital Diary, UNICEF Radio youth reporter Livey Van Wyk, 21, takes her recording equipment into the streets and youth centres of her community outside Windhoek, Namibia. She asks young people to talk to her about their country’s future and their thoughts about HIV/AIDS.
Two successful rounds of vaccination protect Namibia from polio
WINDHOEK, CAPRIVI AND OMAHEKE REGIONS, Namibia, 7 August 2006 – With all the many thousands of pieces of Namibia’s emergency polio campaign melding together, the final picture emerging from the effort is that of a finely tuned mosaic of success.
Livey’s Digital Diary: Living with HIV in Namibia
NEW YORK, USA, 6 July 2006 – Livey Van Wyk is 21 years old and living with HIV in Katutura, Namibia. In her home community, she has experienced stigma and discrimination because of her HIV status.
Nationwide polio immunization drive under way after recent outbreak in Namibia
KATUTURA TOWNSHIP, Namibia, 22 June 2006 – It was 4 p.m. at Okuryangava Health Clinic in Katutura Township, a community on the outer edge of the capital city of Windhoek, and the nursing sister leading the polio immunization team had the dazed, weary and yet immensely satisfied look of someone who had just won an extremely hard race.
UNICEF responds as polio outbreak in Namibia claims more victims
NEW YORK, USA, 7 June 2006 – After a 10-year absence, Namibia has witnessed a sudden reappearance of polio, with 34 suspected cases and 7 deaths recorded so far. The recent outbreak of wild poliovirus has been confirmed in 5 of the country’s 13 regions, but most cases have occurred in and around the capital, Windhoek.
After-school programme opens a ‘Window of Hope’ for children dealing with HIV/AIDS
OKALONGO, Namibia, 7 March 2006 – Eleven-year-old Fenni is one of 27 students at the Okalongo Primary School in northern Namibia participating in a new and unique after-school programme called Window of Hope.
Namibia: HIV/AIDS – A young person fights back
Livey Van Wyk, 20, is from Windhoek in Namibia. She has been living with HIV since the age of 16. The birth of her son inspired Livey to seek counselling and support and to speak out about her HIV status. Now Livey has trained to be a peer educator and works with young people. She explained to UNICEF that her goal is to reduce the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS and to warn others about the dangers. This is her story.
Extreme flooding causes grave danger
Katimo Mulilo, Caprivi Region, Namibia, Tuesday, 27 April - Namibian officials are caught in a desperate bid to try and save thousands of cattle from near-certain death as the flooded Zambezi River closes in on them, threatening an outbreak of cholera, dysentery and malaria in one of the country’s most populated areas.
When the floods subside, another crisis continues
CAPRIVI, Namibia, 3 May 2004 —The spotlight of international attention shone briefly on Namibia this week when the Zambezi River flooded, displacing thousands of children, women and men from their homes, killing hundreds of cattle and ruining acres of crops. But there is another crisis in the region, far more damaging than the flood disaster—the spread of HIV/AIDS, which in Namibia has left tens of thousands of children without parents.