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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

Highlight

  • 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

Highlights

  • 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

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • 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

Highlights

  • 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
infographic UN Population Fund

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

Highlights

  • 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

09 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• UNICEF provided eight water tanker trucks to the Government of Namibia to support water-stressed communities in seven drought-affected regions. UNICEF also provided 15,000 bednets in support of the malaria outbreak response which has affected more than 11,900 people in the first quarter of 2017.

25 Jul 2017 description
report New Era

Albertina Nakale

Windhoek-Namibians can breathe a collective sigh of relief following major local commercial millers’ guarantee that the situation is under control as there are no major problems experienced so far in importing cereals in Namibia.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry says key local millers have assured the nation that there will be no major price increase in the next few months, except in the event of significant weakening of the South African Rand (to which the Namibian dollar is pegged) against the US dollar.

21 Jul 2017 description
report New Era

Alvine Kapitako

Windhoek-The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) received a N$7.2 million grant from the European Union and the Spanish Red Cross (SRC) to promote renewable energy for climate change mitigation in Namibia.

The NRCS and SRC will be working on a project titled ‘Promoting renewable energy for climate change mitigation initiatives in Namibia.’

The main objective is to promote the use of renewable forms of energy and energy efficient technologies in ten selected rural communities in Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi regions.

06 Jul 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

GOBABIS, Namibia – Each morning, single mother Elizabeth Kazapua rises at 4:30 to begin her hour-long trek to work at Epako Clinic in Gobabis, Namibia.

There, at the site of a ground-breaking pilot project, she greets and directs visitors, even recognizing some by name. She makes sure that pregnant, seriously ill and elderly visitors are treated first.

“I love it here. Every shift I feel motivated,” Ms. Kazapua said as she directed a young woman to the pharmacy.

03 Jul 2017 description

WINDHOEK - The World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with the Government of Namibia’s National Planning Commission, has launched its five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP). The CSP supports the Government in its drive to meet Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Zero Hunger. The aim is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture in Namibia by 2030.

22 Jun 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Heavy rains during the period of January-March 2017 within the Cuvelai River Basin in Angola and localized rainfalls in Oshana, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Omusati resulted in localized flooding in Iishana (shallow flood plains).