During the week, Ohangwena and Kavango regions trained volunteers in community infant and young child feeding (IYCF). The training attracted 40 volunteers in Kavango region and 118 volunteers in Ohangwena region. The training is one of the activities funded by UNICEF. Two soup kitchen sites were completed in Ohangwena region and the sites will be operational in the coming week.
- Executive summary
Namibia is an arid country, regularly affected by erratic rainfall and dry spells. As are result, people have developed a number of coping mechanisms to improve their food and economic security during these periods. However, some population groups are chronically poor, and their coping strategies have been eroded to the point where people no longer have saleable assets and they are regularly relying on donations of food from family and friends.
Preparing rural Khomas communities for disasters and emergencies
From 5 to 9 November 2012, staff and volunteers from the Namibia Red Cross Society teamed up with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) and the Khomas Regional Council to help rural Khomas communities prepare themselves for disasters and emergencies.
By Alexandra Peard, Australian volunteer with the Namibia Red Cross Society
The challenge of learning and teaching in Caprivi's flood relocation camps
By Rosemary Nalisa, Namibia Red Cross Society National Coordinator, Resource Mobilisation.
Access to sanitation and water is a human right and an issue of human dignity, but there are over 800 million people in the world without lack access to safe water (World Health Organization, 2012).
On Tuesday 21 August 2012, the Namibia Red Cross Society and the European Union delegation to Namibia are launching a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Project for the Kunene, Ohangwena and Kavango regions. The aim of the project is to improve community health by increasing sustained access to basic water and sanitation facilities and improving hygiene practices in Namibia.
Onayena, Northen Namibia, 1 June 2012: The Government of Namibia, led by the Ministry of Health and Social Services launched today the National Immunization campaign focusing on Measles. The aim of the campaign is to boost vaccination coverage in all thirteen regions of the country, reaching 900,000 children (aged 0 – 15 years) with special attention to the low performing districts.
The people who were affected by floods this year are appealing for government intervention in the looming food shortages. The affected communities lost their crops, whole others lost animals that either drowned or got stolen after the owners abandoned them due to the flooding. Namibia this year experienced the worst flooding in decades which affected 500 000 people, displaced 60 000, while 19 000 were relocated to relocation camps in the affected regions.
by Rosemary Nalisa
The Namibia Red Cross Society has made the phrase “water is life ‘, a reality for thousands of people in the Kunene Region where it has constructed 300 water pumps and 50 wells, giving the community access to portable water. The Namibia Red Cross also rehabilitated 25 springs. The project that is being implemented with financial support from the Swedish and Belgian-Flanders Red Cross Societies is involved in the protection of springs as well as the protection and rehabilitation of water pumps in selected areas and communities.
Inside this edition
NRCS responds to floods
NRCS donates N$10 000 towards a Liver Patient
Ohangwena Regional branch Commemorates International Volunteer Day and World Aids Day
HBC Project a milestone to the Ohangwena community
NRCS Annual General meeting 2010
NRCS OVC tours Windhoek and Swakopmund
Renathe Siyamba and Jeremia Sirunda - their stories
Alfred Shimwooshili Why I Volunteer
Windhoek: 10 May 2011 - The World Health Organization (WHO) Country office in Namibia and the Namibian Red Cross Society (NRCS) today announced its joint health strategy to respond to the flood emergency. Following a consultative meeting, both partners agreed for the need to intensify health promotion and hygiene education interventions, strengthen disease surveillance and ensure that communities access health services using both organizations’ key strengths.
The Namibia Red Cross Society appeals for support from members of the public to assist more than 20,000 people affected by floods in the north-east, north-western and southern regions of the country.
The affected communities are in desperate need of basic necessities like clean drinking water, sanitation, food and shelter.
Schools have also not been spared and more than 2000 learners have been relocated to higher ground where they are attending schools in tents.
The badly affected areas are Caprivi in the north-east, Oshana, Omusati and Ohangwena in the north …
The Namibia Red Cross Society is appealing for financial donations from members of the public of Namibia, financial institutions and other sectors to contribute to the assistance offered to the inhabitants of Haiti in the West Indies who have been left destitute by an earthquake that hit that country on Tuesday, the 12th of January 2010.
The earthquake measuring 7. 3 on the Richter scale has caused devastation to infrastructure and human life in the cities of Port-au-Prince, Carrefour and Jacmel, in the West Province with an estimated population of 2.2 million.
The 2009 flood was a major event, with levels not experienced since the late 1960's (a 40 year flood). On the 17th of March the President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba declared an emergency in the north and northeastern regions of the country, after floods killed at least 90 people. The president said the floods could be one of the worst disasters of its kind in recent memory and warned of food shortages and he also requested for international assistance.
The Current situation in Caprivi Region
The current situation in the thirty one (31) camps established in both the Katima Mulilo rural and Kabbe constituencies where the flood victims are camping is stable and calm. The affected communities continue receiving assistance from the Namibia Red Cross Society, the Regional Government in Katima Mulilo, UNICEF and other stakeholders participating in the operation. However, the natural phenomena is fluctuating and in certain areas the water is subsiding while it is rising in other places like the Kwando, Zambezi and Chobe rivers.
Namibia has been hit by yet another devastating flood that have left close to 300, 000 people affected in the north and north eastern regions. This is a second year these regions are experiencing flooding with the most recent being 2008 flood disaster.
Namibia has experienced one of its worst floods in over fifty years in the northern regions of the country at the beginning of 2008. The response to the floods was one of the major activities of the NS during 2008. The HIV and AIDS baseline survey conducted by the NS as part of the southern Africa zone initiative was the highlight of 2008. The baseline was conducted in seven regions implementing home based care.