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08 Dec 2008 description
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by Petronella Sibeene

HARARE - Namibia yesterday airlifted medical supplies and water purification chemicals to cholera-hit Zimbabwe in a swift response to Zim babwe's plea for international help.

Zimbabwean government officials said yesterday the death toll from the cholera outbreak, which started in urban areas and has since spread to rural areas, was at 600.

Namibia's Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi, yesterday flew to Harare with a huge consignment of cholera drugs and water purification chemicals, which are going to be distributed to affected …

05 Dec 2008 description
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by Petronella Sibeene Related Stories

WINDHOEK - Cabinet last week approved the release of one million Namibian dollars for the procurement of cholera drugs destined for Zimbabwe, amid reports of a cholera outbreak in that country.

Prime Minister Nahas Angula yesterday confirmed that the Government had been proactive in trying to rescue the Zimbabwe cholera situation, whose death toll stands at over 500.

Namibia is still arranging transport to move the purchased medicines for quick delivery.

"The Minister of Health (Dr Richard Kamwi) has been in touch with Zimbabwean …

21 Oct 2008 description
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By Desie Heita

Windhoek - A significant household population, many of whom are female-headed families, in the four northern regions is unable to feed itself, partly because of floods early this year, and largely due to late erratic and damaging rainfall and crop pests such as armyworms and birds that hit the region including areas spared by the floods.

Flood-affected households only had food stocks to last until September 2008, while the non-flood affected households had food stock levels sufficient until January 2009.

The emergency food security assessment by the United …

01 Sep 2008 description
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By Petronella Sibeene

RUNDU - The outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the Kavango Region has had a negative impact on villagers, who this time of the year depend on selling wild grass to generate income.

The disease was detected at Kamuchonga in the Mukwe constituency this year.

Since the outbreak of the disease was confirmed in July, the veterinary services suspended trade in potentially infectious materials, namely meat, fresh milk, hides, thatching grass and the movement of cattle, goats and sheep.

"Since the outbreak and the ban on the grass, I have not sold anything …

29 Aug 2008 description
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By Petronella Sibeene

RUNDU - Many households are staring hunger in the face in the Kavango Region and are appealing to the Government to speed up its food distribution programme before they face starvation.

The situation is slowly becoming grave with some families having been reduced to foraging for food at the dump site, a few kilometres west of Rundu.

Reports have it that over 112 000 households face serious food insecurity in the Kavango as their crops failed due to prolonged dry spells and floods during the 2007/8 farming season.

"There is completely nothing to eat.

18 Jul 2008 description
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By Wezi Tjaronda

WINDHOEK - More than US$350 million will be needed for Namibia to attain Vision 2030's long-term targets for sanitation services and improved water supply.

According to 2001 statistics, 78 percent of rural folk still answer to nature's call in the bush.

27 May 2008 description
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By Kuvee Kangueehi

Windhoek - The wave of xenophobia that has hit South Africa over the last two weeks, has driven over 30 Namibians living in Cape Town from their dwellings following an attack by a mob on Thursday night.

The attack took place at a settlement called Du Noon, an informal township in Cape Town where over 30 Namibians stay.

One Namibian who survived the attack Andreas Pantaije, from the Omusati region, told New Era on Friday that mobs started attacking foreigners at the Milton Police Station.

A group of Namibians were tricked and ran into an ambush after being …

22 May 2008 description
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By Irene !Hoaes

WINDHOEK - African Finance ministers tasked the management of the African Development Bank (AfDB) with the development of a paper exploring options to address the current food shortages in Africa that is also a global crisis, at their meeting in Maputo, Mozambique, last week.

minister of Finance Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, who attended the meeting says no exact measures were yet agreed upon until the AfDB finalises its task.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says the role of the AfDB is to provide finance for whatever project these African countries want to embark upon in order …

20 May 2008 description
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By Desie Heita

The World Food Programme plans to undertake food security assessment next week to determine the impact of floods on households living within the six northern regions.

Country Director and Representative of the United Nations' World Food Programme in Namibia, John Prout, said the assessment will take between five and six weeks with the final report expected end of next month or beginning of July.

The assessment will consider the disruptions in households' normal source of livelihood, their food stocks, households' incomes and households' post-flood …

08 May 2008 description
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By Desie Heita

WIndhoek - The World Food Programme will conduct an extensive food security assessment countrywide as the Emergency Management Unit considers a food crisis for Namibia 'very much likely' because of recent floods and global food shortages.

The assessment is to be conducted in conjunction with the Emergency Management Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Gabriel Kangowa, the Director for the Emergency Management Unit, said the assessment would focus on households.

'We will be getting down to the people themselves, finding out their food needs and …

06 May 2008 description
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By Reagan Malumo

KATIMA MULILO - Namibia has seen major achievements in rolling back malaria in Africa with a record 181 morbidity and mortality rate compared to the 1 200 target set out in the Abuja declaration.

As set out in the declaration on April 25 2000, African leaders have only two years to complete the race on rolling back malaria on the continent.

The declaration commits African countries to reach that target on malaria prevention and control by 2010.

To spur this initiative, SADC countries have chosen to commemorate this year's World Malaria Day in style …

11 Apr 2008 description
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By Anna Ingwafa

OSHAKATI - Bank Windhoek donated water cans and bottles valued at N$100 000 to the Emergency Management Unit (EMU) this week.

The items will be used for the distribution of potable water to thousands of people recently displaced by floods in the northern regions.

The donation follows discussions between Bank Windhoek, the Deputy Prime Minister Dr Libertina Amathila and the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) where it was decided flood victims need fresh water and water canisters to get clean water.

The canisters would be filled with drinking water by the EMU, while …

11 Apr 2008 description
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By Charles Tjatindi

WALVIS BAY - The municipal council here joined other organizations and agencies in soliciting funds to be donated to families affected by floods in the northern regions this week.

In a media statement, council launched an appeal to Walvis Bay residents to contribute cash or food to ease the plight of more than 70 000 Namibians affected by weeks of severe flooding and waterborne diseases in the northern regions of the country.

The heaviest floods yet experienced in northern Namibia have left many people displaced and in despair as their crops have failed and …

08 Apr 2008 description
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Although the floodwaters in the north have receded somewhat, many people are still cut off from civilisation. New Era went along on a rescue operation in the flooded oshanas to see how the floods have affected police work.

By Catherine Sasman

OMPUNDJA - The rain started to pound heavily around 06h00.

07 Apr 2008 description
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By Anna Ingwafa

OSHAKATI - Due to its limited search and rescue operations capacity, the body of a 22-year-old woman who drowned at Uuvudhiya constituency in Oshana region on March 21 has not yet been recovered.

This was disclosed by the Flood Emergency Coordinator Erastus Negonga at a media update on the flood situation in Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto regions.

There has been an increase in cholera cases and so far four people have died from the disease, while the number of recorded cases is 896 with 16 confirmed laboratory cases.

Malaria cases have increased also …

17 Mar 2008 description
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By Anna Ingwafa

OSHAKATI - Floods have displaced more people at Oshakati and two more relocation centres have been set up to accommodate the growing number of flood victims.

A site behind Namibia Breweries, which was identified by Oshakati Town Council as a permanent place to accommodate flood victims who were at Oshakati Stadium and Ongwediva Trade Fair grounds is now temporary home to over 200 families and around 1 000 newly registered flood victims since Thursday.

Water has swamped a lot of homes at villages near Oshakati and Ongwediva, forcing hundreds of people to flee their …

13 Mar 2008 description
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By Petronella Sibeene

WINDHOEK - Northern Namibia is a ticking bomb as ravaging floods have rendered most health facilities inaccessible and have strained health personnel and resources.

The current health and sanitary situation in the North, which can be described as dire by any standards, has prompted the Government and various stakeholders to appeal for coordinated rescue efforts.

A high-level delegation comprising Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi, Minister of Defence, Charles Namoloh, World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative, Dr Magda Robalo, and …

12 Mar 2008 description
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By Reagan Malumo

KATIMA MULILO - In an effort to counter starvation among disaster-hit communities, Nored donated 30 bags of maize meal and 18 boxes of tinned fish to flood victims in the Caprivi Region last week.

Handing over the food consignment to Caprivi Regional Governor Leonard Mwilima, Nored's Chief Executive Officer Gottlieb Amanyanga said the donation was intended to supplement Government's effort in supporting various programmes at grassroot-level, while at the same time enforcing its social responsibilities of giving back to the community.

Thus Nored shall …

12 Mar 2008 description
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By Anna Shilongo

WINDHOEK -Nigerian High Commissioner to Namibia, Prince Adegboyeya Ariyo, last Thursday responded to President Hifikepunye Pohamba's appeal for aid from the international community.

The Nigerian High Commission donated N$20 000 to flood victims.

Last week, the President declared floods in the Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshana, Oshikoto and Caprivi regions a national emergency and made an impassioned appeal for international aid.

11 Mar 2008 description
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By Petronella Sibeene

WINDHOEK- A cholera outbreak has killed one person and infected dozens more in northern Namibia, where floods that have displaced thousands of people are widely spreading the disease.

Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi, yesterday said during the past week 72 suspected cases of cholera were reported at the Engela Health District. Of these, four were confirmed as cholera cases.

Engela is in the Ohangwena Region.