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Child Health and Nutrition

Accessing hard to reach communities during the Measles and Rubella campaign 

ZAMBEZI REGION, Namibia, 18 June 2016 - For the next three weeks, Jackson Muhanda together with wife Rosemary and their three infant grandchildren, will camp along the shores of Lake Liambezi in the Zambezi Region of Namibia, joining hundreds of other men and women who rely on this huge water body to make a living.

Promoting exclusive breastfeeding as a standard practice for countering malnutrition in Namibia

WINDHOEK, Namibia,  2 October 2015 – Encouraging mothers to give their babies nothing but breast milk for the first six months of life is one of the strategies which the Government of Namibia, together with partners such as UNICEF, is using to circumvent child malnutrition.

Going the extra mile to deliver health care  

OPUWO DISTRICT, Namibia, 7 August 2015 - Dressed in blue jeans, a black parka and a light grey beret, 31-year-old Jennifer Humu is sitting on a stool chatting to Rutjindo Kanjanjeri, 45, who is pregnant with her seventh baby.

Learning skills for family health

OPUWO DISTRICT, Namibia, 5 August 2015 - With elaborate braids hiding her face and her entire body and calfskin skirt covered in a paste of rich red ochre pigment and buttermilk, 14-year-old Kataeko Ndiaombe goes about her domestic chores with gracefulness and determination.

Treating malnutrition on all fronts

ENGELA, Namibia, 4 August 2015 - “Mama, mama,” wails toddler Ester Paulus as her mother, 25-year-old Tweumona David, holds her down on a hospital bed and a nurse slowly draws a syringe of blood from the little girl’s lower abdomen. Her sobs are heart-wrenching and Tweumona looks on, stony-faced. But underneath that veneer of coldness is a mother’s distress. Ester is only 1 year and 4 months old and her head looms large over an emaciated body. She is severely malnourished, a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical intervention to save her young life.

Health Extension Workers in Namibia reaching communities with vital health information and support

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.

Baby Sam scores a first during the maternal and child health days launch

WINDHOEK, Namibia, 11 November 2014 - At six weeks old, baby Sam Kandume has scored another first. From this week onwards, Sam is not only recognised as Justina Namupala’s first child, but he is also recognised as the first child to receive the pneumococcal vaccine, which will protect him from pneumonia, as well as the rota virus vaccine to prevent death from diarrhoea.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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