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15 Jan 2018 description

During the week ending on 13 October 2017, the first identified case was admitted to a public hospital in Windhoek district, with signs and symptoms of hepatitis E. During the week ending on 8 January 2018, a total of 237 probable and confirmed cases have been seen at various health facilities in Windhoek district with the same signs and symptoms. All suspected patients tested negative for hepatitis A, B, and C. A total of 41 of the 237 cases were sent for further testing, and on 8 January 2018, the results showed 21 were IgM positive for hepatitis E.

12 Jan 2018 description

Zambia is one of Namibia's top four trading partners.

WINDHOEK, Jan 10 (Reuters) - The Namibian government has provisionally banned the import of all perishable food, fish, fruits, unprocessed food and water from neighbouring Zambia, which has been hit by a cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 60 lives so far.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

09 Jan 2018 description

An outbreak of Hepatitis E (HEV) in Windhoek was declared by the Ministry of Health and Social Services on 14 December 2017. As of 5 January 2018, the Ministry recorded cumulative 214 cases. Over 39% of the cases are from the Havana informal settlement and 19% from Goreagab Dam area. Two meetings were held with community leaders from the affected communities on 31 December 2017 and on 6 January 2018.

19 Dec 2017 description
report New Era

Matheus Hamutenya

Two foreign nationals were on Tuesday found wandering around Oranjemund’s protected diamond area after they were allegedly dumped at sea and left for dead by a Chinese ship.

It is alleged that the two men, Mensah Ebenezer, 30, a Ghanaian national and Degni N’dri Rolano, 28, from Ivory Coast, were trying to make their way to Europe in search of greener pastures when things went wrong, as they were dumped at the sea and left for dead, forcing them to swim to a nearby shore.

13 Nov 2017 description

A team of experts from the World Health Organization visited Namibia in August 2017 to assist in the development of a National Action Plan on Health Security. This was a follow-up to a Joint External Evaluation which was undertaken by a team of 11 experts held in December 2016. The December Evaluation was to determine Namibia’s readiness to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to public health threats, whether they are naturally occurring, deliberate, or accidental.

07 Nov 2017 description
report New Era

Windhoek-Resettlement farmers must realise that climate change is a reality and must thus adopt smart agricultural practices including diversifying their farming enterprises.

This appeal was made by the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa, at a Resettlement Farmers Day here on Friday.

He said keeping farm records is important and urged farmers to keep such for all purposes in helping them monitor the progress of their farming businesses.

31 Oct 2017 description
report New Era

Nuusita Ashipala

Ongwediva-The prolonged drought at Uuvudhiya in Oshana Region could soon be over, as the area continues to have sufficient grazing land and water for livestock since the last rainy season.

Uuvudhiya has over the last couple of years become a popular grazing destination for farmers from Oshana and nearby regions.

However, due to the influx of livestock, the area ran short of grazing space and water, leaving thousands of livestock to die of hunger and thirst.

25 Oct 2017 description


Assessments showed that the population facing food shortage is 214,170, while population below livelihood protection threshold was estimated at 798,384.


  • Creation of employment opportunities in the rural areas.

  • Vocational training for agriculture and other related fields

  • Creation of more Green schemes to increase food production

  • Extension of Rural electrification

  • Extension of Rural Water Supply services

22 Oct 2017 description

Today the national taskforce for poliovirus containment in the laboratory met as part of the country’s efforts to maintain its polio free status. The committee members discussed findings from a field mission reviewing all biomedical laboratories for possible wild poliovirus infectious material while encouraging the destruction of all unneeded materials. The Ministry aims to strengthen its surveillance system by developing an inventory of all laboratories that retain material which may have potential infectious material.

19 Oct 2017 description


  • WFP in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC) and the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) undertook Regional and National Consultations to explore the possibility of private sector support to the school feeding programme through a formalised partnership strategy.

12 Oct 2017 description

In parts of southern Africa, environmental pressure on the land from over-grazing has contributed to land and water shortages and made communities more vulnerable to drought. In Namibia, researchers are measuring the impact of a community-based natural resource management program on livestock assets, income, social cohesion and land quality.

Policy Issue

12 Oct 2017 description

This report presents the findings of Namibia’s Health Accounts estimation for the fiscal year April 2014 through March 2015 (2014/15), and analyzes the implications of these findings for key policy decisions. This round of Health Accounts is the fifth round, and the second round that was conducted using the System of Health Accounts 2011 (SHA 2011) methodology.

09 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • In the six northern regions, UNICEF-supported Community Health Workers (CHWs) have reached more than 4,800 children under five with nutrition screening, of which 112 were referred and treated for Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). Parents of these children also received key messages on sanitation and hygiene.

06 Oct 2017 description
report New Era

Albertina Nakale

Windhoek-There were 7 388 refugees and asylum seekers residing in Namibia – with an estimated 3 400 reported to have since disappeared – leaving 3 988 accounted for by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration.
Osire Refugee Settlement once housed more than 20 000 refugees and asylum seekers, but that number fell to less than 4 000 since 2014 after government repatriated all the Angolan nationals back to their country.

04 Oct 2017 description
report New Era

Matheus Hamutenya

Keetmanshoop-Selling off some of their livestock is the best possible solution for farmers in the drought stricken Warmbad area, which reportedly received between 3 and 10 millimetres of rain last season.

28 Sep 2017 description


  • Cereal production recovers strongly in 2017 to above-average level, mostly reflecting improved weather conditions

  • Maize meal prices decline to lower year-on-year levels, mainly reflecting reduced import costs and improved supply situation

  • Food security conditions improve in 2017/18

Cereal production recovers in 2017

15 Sep 2017 description


  • Namibia UN Country Team celebrated Nelson Mandela Day. As of the activities, WFP Namibia visited Otjomuise Primary School in the informal settlement of Windhoek and handed over food items to children in pre-primary.

06 Sep 2017 description

This country snapshot provides an overview of national level data for the full scope of HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights linkages/integration at the levels of enabling environment, health systems and integrated service delivery.

By highlighting results, areas that need strengthening, and data gaps, this snapshot can be used for determining priorities, programme planning and resource mobilization.

17 Aug 2017 description


  • WFP Executive Board approved the Namibia Country Strategic Plan (2017 - 2022). The CSP supports the Government in its drive to meet Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Zero Hunger. The CSP’s aim is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture in Namibia by 2030.

  • WFP and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture conducted training for 70 School Feeding focal points from 35 schools in Khomas region.

Operational Updates