The global mission of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. In Namibia, UNICEF is guided by a Programme of Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Namibia (2014-18). The overall goal is to accelerate realization of the rights of children and women through national systems, to ensure that the most vulnerable people in Namibia have equitable access to high-quality services, including in health, education, child protection, social protection and water, sanitation and hygiene.
What we do
The country programme ties together three mutually reinforcing strategies to ensure effective advocacy and a clear focus on addressing inequity and social exclusion: (a) to strengthen legislative frameworks and policies and leverage resources from government and other development partners; (b) to provide technical support to develop capacity to deliver quality services and to influence demand for services; and (c) to support monitoring, evaluation and reporting to ensure that knowledge is used to improve policies, programmes and accountability. These national programmes will strengthen the capacity of government and other partners while paying particular attention to the most vulnerable groups, particularly those in remote rural areas and peri-urban settlements and specific excluded groups such as children with disabilities and language minority groups. The country programme is aligned with the Government’s National Development Plan, derived from Namibia’s “Vision 2030”. It is implemented through partnerships with key Government Ministries and through interagency partnerships and collaboration with a range of NGOs, civil society, UN agencies, and with support from the private sector.
Child Health & Nutrition
This programme contributes to child survival and optimal growth by focusing on an improving newborn care; improving the nutritional status of children, pregnant and lactating mothers; elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and other critical child survival interventions; improving access of adolescents living with HIV to comprehensive services including psychosocial care; and focusing on early infant diagnosis and treatment of HIV. The programme also supports improved hygiene practices and the elimination of open defecation. It will scale up the health extension programme and influence policy, legislation and budget for child survival and development.
This programme supports legislation, policies, strategic plans and budgets for equitable access and improved teaching and learning outcomes for boys and girls at pre-primary, primary and secondary levels. The programme also aims to ensure at least 66 per cent of school-aged boys and girls benefit from continued access to improved learning from primary through secondary education within a safe schooling environment, including HIV prevention, reducing violence in schools and promoting standards for access to water and sanitation in schools.
Child Protection & Social Protection
This programme supports legislation, policies, strategic plans and budgets for child protection and social protection. The programme will also address harmful social and cultural practices such as social exclusion, violence, abuse and exploitation of children and women. The programme will support increased birth registration rates and child welfare grants to all vulnerable children and increase household resilience in the face of economic shocks or natural disasters.
Social Policy, Research &
This programme strengthens capacities in knowledge generation and statistics, accountability and international reporting, promotion of positive social norms and safe behaviours, technology for development to promote children’s participation and advocacy to raise the profile of children’s rights in national dialogue. This programme component will also support the mainstreaming of HIV, gender, adolescent development and participation and emergency preparedness into all programme areas.
Rachel Odede has been working for United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for over 25 years, and has vast experience and knowledge of different programmatic operations of the organization. She worked for UNICEF in East Asia & the Pacific; South Asia and Eastern and Southern Africa regions, Indonesia, Eritrea, Kenya Country Offices as well as the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), Swaziland, her last duty station before assuming her position as UNICEF Country Representative to Namibia in August, 2017.
UNICEF and NFA launch Galz & Goals Programme in Zambezi
and Oshana Regions
UNICEF, together with the Namibian Football Association (NFA), have expanded the Galz & Goals Programme to two new regions, Zambezi and Oshana.The expansion and launch of this sports for development programme, which was organised in the form of Festivals, attracted over 1,000 new girls who will now be part of this football and life skills development programme.
Namibia commemorates Day of the African Child
Namibia joined the rest of the African continent in commemorating Day of the African Child on 16 June. National commemorations were held in Tsumeb, where children celebrated the day through a variety of traditional songs and dance.The Day of the African Child has been celebrated throughout Africa on 16 June each year since 1991. It is a day to honour and pay tribute to the students who were killed in Soweto, South Africa, in 1976 for protesting against injustice and inequality under the apartheid regime.
#WorldChildrensDay - #KidsTakeOver
On 20 November UNICEF Namibia joined in the global World Children’s Day commemoration, under the theme “#KidsTakeOver”. The day aimed to empower and give children the chance to speak directly to adults and raise their voices in solidarity with the worlds most disadvantaged and hardest to reach children.
Kangaroo Mother Care - A unique way to give premature
babies a better start in life
1 March, Oshana Region - In the maternity ward of Oshakati referral hospital in the Oshana Region, 24 year old Matundu Iumue places her tiny baby (who has not been named yet) to her bare chest. Sister Miriam Matheus then ties a wrapper tightly around Matundu to hold the baby firmly into a pouch position and takes the new mother through the steps of Kangaroo Mother Care to support and hasten the growth of her prematurely born baby.
UNICEF delivers handwashing facilities and soap to 22
schools in Windhoek
Windhoek, 2018: UNICEF handed over a consignment of handwashing jerry-cans and liquid soap to 22 schools which are situated in and around areas most affected by the recent Hepatitis E outbreak in Windhoek.
“Super dads” meet to commemorate Father’s Day in Namibia
Windhoek, 18 June: To mark the commemoration of Father’s Day, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), together with partners from Government, the European Union and City of Windhoek, met for a community dialogue session with 30 fathers from the Katutura community. The dialogue session was an opportunity to equip fathers with information on the role of father’s in the physical and mental development of children.
Namibia commemorates Day of the African Child
Stampriet, 16 June: Namibia joined the rest of the African continent in celebrating the Day of the African Child, commemorated annually on 16 June across Africa since 1991. The National commemoration for Namibia was held in Stampriet in Hardap region, under the theme, “Leave No Child Behind for Africa’s Development”. This theme is in line with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development principle ‘leave no one behind’, which tackles inequality in the development process.
Empowering caregivers to support adolescents living with HIV
through the Onyaanya Teen Club
Oshikoto Region: Through the establishment of a Teen Club at Onyaanya Clinic in Oshikoto Region, caregivers are being engaged to cope with the difficult emotions of anger, fear, denial and sadness among adolescents living with HIV.
UNICEF’s Tate Kapolo retires after 28 years of service
8 August 2018, Windhoek: UNICEF Namibia Country Office this month bade farewell to Senior Driver, Tate Abisai Kapolo, who is going into retirement after 28 years of dedicated service.
Namibia launches National Safe Schools Framework to
protect learners from violence
12 September, Windhoek: In order to ensure that no child is denied quality education because of violence, the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) in partnership with UNICEF launched the National Safe Schools Framework (NSSF), a policy document for the effective prevention and response to all forms of violence, self-harm and substance abuse in school.
Namibia commemorates Global Handwashing Day in Swakopmund
15 October, Swakopmund: Namibia commemorated Global Hand Washing Day on 15 October under the theme: Clean hands a recipe for health! The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) together with Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) hosted the event at the Mondesa Multipurpose Centre, Swakopmund, Erongo Region.