Located on the southwest coast of Africa, Namibia is one of the driest and most sparsely populated countries on earth. The country gained its independence in 1990. Although Namibia managed to become an upper-middle-income nation the healthcare system of the country is struggling with significant obstacles including a shortage of doctors, insufficient funding and income disparity. Not to mention HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis crises the country is dealing with. Since Namibia accepted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, efforts to enhance quality, equity, and access to healthcare for everyone have increased. The country’s Constitution, notably Article 95, which requires the State to ensure that citizens have rights to fair and reasonable access to public health facilities and services in line with the law, serves as a framework for the provision of healthcare. This is supported, among other things, by the MoHSS Strategic Plan (2017 – 2022), Harambee Prosperity Plan (II) (2021 – 2025), and the 5th National Development Plan (NDP5) for 2017-2022. Among other important goals, these frameworks seek to ensure that everyone has access to high-quality healthcare and to lower the mortality rate for both women and children.
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly slowed down the implementation of SDG 3 which is evident in a considerable loss in Namibia’s immunization coverage, particularly for the Measles-Rubella vaccine, and a decrease in outreach activities, indicating a decline in healthcare access for underprivileged groups. Not just that, the country is facing the double whammy of communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) with high rates of HIV/AIDS, stunting, and maternal mortality that disproportionately is affecting the poor and an increasing prevalence of NCDs whose expensive treatment drives up health spending. Adam Global acknowledges that it is armed enough to contribute to the nation’s efforts to ensure Namibians get the healthcare they deserve.
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The Namibia initiative program discussion took place in Mauritius on the 5th of August 2022 where ADAM Global welcomed Saara Kuugongelwa the first woman Prime Minister of Namibia. During the International Business Forum (IBF), ADAM Global came forward to support and train Namibia doctors in various categories including orthopaedics, maternity health, accident safety and eye health.
The second meeting was held in London, which the specialist doctors attended to support the program which was hosted by ADAM Global and welcomed HER Excellency Linda Scott – Namibian High Commissioner to the UK & NI; Malta; Namibian Ambassador to Greece and Ireland and The Sovereign Military Order of Malta where discussion on the initiative program came into effect and the dates finalized to be Jan 2023 between the 23rd to the 27th, where the doctors’ would travel to Namibia offering their support and expertise to train, educate, support and bolster the healthcare sector.
During the week, Prof. Tahir Founder of ADAM Global along with a team of doctors was honoured by HIS Excellency President Hage Geingob at the “State House Republic of Namibia” on the discussion to further develop the healthcare system of Namibia.
Medical and road safety professionals under the Adam Global Healthcare Network visited Namibia on a Fact-finding and Scoping Mission with the aim to figure out where the critical needs of the sector lie. The engagements over the next five days included discussions with Namibia surgeons in various disciplines as well as experts in Primary Health Care and Regional Health directorates.
- ADAM healthcare team’s arrival in Namibia on 23rd January 2023 was widely anticipated and covered extensively by the National Press
- The country’s President along with his Ministers welcomed the ADAM healthcare professionals and hosted a lavish dinner socially for them
- The team of medical doctors in various disciplines paid a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob at the State House
- The team right away set out for their “Friends of Namibia” campaign and visited local hospitals and met clinical staff to determine key areas of development, improvement and further training on better handling of patients and using their equipment
- The mission was a huge success and well-appreciated by Namibia
It’s just the beginning of the journey. Way to go! With the successful completion of Scoping and Fact-finding Mission, now the complete plans will be devised based on the findings and new effective strategies will be designed to tackle the hurdles and struggles faced by the Namibian health sector.