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Innovative e-Birth Notification System Launched in Namibia

Windhoek, Namibia – 17 May 2017 - In an effort to facilitate registration of births, the Government of Namibia, together with UNICEF have launched an e-birth notification system. This innovative mode of birth notification, aims to make birth registration more accessible to all Namibians and will support the country in reaching the last 40% of children who are not registered within a year of being born – placing Namibia among the leaders in improved Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in the continent.

Grants for all vulnerable and poor children

LÜDERITZ, Namibia, 8 August 2015 - Katriena Bezuidenhout’s deep brown eyes twinkle as she looks at her 4-year-old triplet sons who hover close to her. The boys are waiting for their mother to cut up rolls of bread, which Katriena has prepared for her seven-member family to have for afternoon tea. Katriena makes sure she has just enough rolls to feed her six children and herself. Besides the triplets, she has three other older daughters, who help their mother to serve the food in their one-roomed accommodation.

Support for survivors of violence
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 3 August 2015 - Thirty-nine year-old Sarafine Kaiko uses her walker to make her way to the counter of the gender based violence unit at Katutura state hospital on the outskirts of the capital, Windhoek. Her thin frame and her slightly dishevelled weave are a physical reflection of the battered soul that Sarafine has become.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.



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