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OSHAKATI, Namibia, 2017 – Twenty year old Nina*, had a sad beginning to life – losing both her mother and father by the time she was only six years. She has put those years of grief behind and is now ready to get the best out of her life.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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. of children without parents.



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