WHO Representative to Namibia, Dr. Charles Sagoe-Moses shakes hands with Hon. Mrs. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Namibia's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
Who we are
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. WHO has operated in Namibia since it gained Independence in 1990.
The attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health remains the major commitment of WHO.
Overcoming diseases related to poverty, exclusion and ignorance in a context of good governance and autonomous development of a proactive health system, for a decent and worthy living, by the year 2020.
WHO’s core strength is its ability to provide strategic, policy and technical advice; leadership; advocacy and support coordination across the health sector to address challenges related to equitable and accessible health. The WHO Country Office in Namibia (WCO) will continue to utilize the global WHO network for mobilizing resources and expertise to address health challenges in the country, whilst coordinating with and supporting country-level partners to ensure sustainable health outcomes for all Namibians.
What we do
WHO operates according to its second Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) 2010-2015 with Namibia. The CCS articulates the key health priorities for collaboration between WHO, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) as well as with the broader health sector, namely communities, civil society, private sector, bilateral and multilateral donors among other partners, particularly UN agencies.
1.Health Systems Strengthening: Ensures that the health system is strengthened to provide equitable, affordable, accessible and high quality services, particularly to disadvantaged and marginalized populations in line with the Primary Health Care (PHC) strategy.2.Combating Priority Diseases: WHO’s support will be geared towards achieving universal access to HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, prevention treatment, care and support services. Similarly, support will be provided to prevent the occurrence and reduce the impact of other communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as accelerate elimination and eradication of targeted diseases.3.Improving Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health: WHO will provide support to ensure that mothers and children do not die of preventable and treatable causes by providing quality technical support, resource mobilization and targeted advocacy to keep women and child health high on the development agenda.4.Promoting a Safer and Healthier Environment: Cognizant of the increasing frequency, magnitude and impact of disasters due to climate change and other natural phenomena, as well as the interconnectedness of the world we live in, the CCS focuses on strengthening support to disaster risk reduction, early warning, preparedness, response and early warning capacity. Furthermore, WHO will work with the MoHSS and other health partners to promote healthy lifestyles and advocate for addressing inequities rooted in the social determinants of health.
The United Nations Development Partnership Framework (UNPAF) covering the period 2014-2018 is the third strategic programme framework prepared by the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) and the United Nations (UN) system in Namibia. The UNPAF describes the collective response of the UN to priority national development challenges. It is a strategic document guiding WHO’s work in Namibia. This strategic partnership and resource planning driving the programmes through which the UN System supports Namibia in implementing the 4th National Development Plan (NDP 4) and the realisation of its development goal as stipulated in the Vision 2030. The UNPAF is built on four pillars: Institutional Environment, Education and Skills, Health, and Reducing Extreme Poverty.NDP 4 Desired Outcome for Health:
By 2017, all Namibians have access to a quality health system in terms of prevention, cure and rehabilitation, and the country is characterised by an improvement in the 2011 baseline figure of 57 for a health adjusted life expectancy to 59.UNPAF Desired Outcomes for Health: By 2018, Namibia will have accountable and well-coordinated multi-sectoral mechanisms to reduce the burden of priority diseases and conditions, address the social, economic and determinants of health, and improve health outcomes. By 2018, Namibia will have a strengthened health system that delivers quality, accessible and affordable, integrated and equitable health care.For more information visit: WHO Country Page: www.who.int/countries/nam/
The CCS aims at enhancing the achievement of improved health
outcomes for Namibia through these four inter-related strategic
Dr. Charles Sagoe-Moses is the Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) country office in Windhoek, Namibia since March 2017.Dr. Sagoe-Moses provides WHO’s strategic, policy and programmatic guidance towards the health sector of Namibia. Together with his country office team and along with health development partners, he supports the Ministry of Health and Social Services in its reform agenda to strengthen the health system and deliver improved health outcomes.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services (in March) declared a malaria outbreak in northern Namibia after reporting a total of more than 6000 cases of malaria since the beginning of this year, with the Kavango and Zambezi regions having recorded the most. The other affected regions include Ohangwena, Oshikoto, and Oshana.
WHO Representative to Namibia presents credentials
The newly appointed World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Namibia, Dr. Charles Sagoe-Moses has this month (08 May 2017) officially presented his credentials to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Mrs. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah –who doubles as Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia.During a meeting which took place at her office in the capital, Hon. Nandi-Ndaitwah warmly remarked that: “we are here to assist our international representatives including the United Nations (UN) agencies.” She then continued to stress the role which WHO played over the years and continues to play in the country. “WHO is a very important organization, in the sense that it helps us as a country in ensuring that we have a healthy nation, and when you have a healthy nation you can do more”, she emphasized.
WHO Representative to Namibia, Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses shakes
hands with Hon. Mrs. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Namibia's
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.
WHO celebrates World Blood Donor Day
The WHO in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) and the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NAMBTS) on 14 June commemorated the World Blood Donor Day. The event, which serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood, saw blood recipients giving testimonies and donors being honored with certificates.
Namibia Gearing Up to Effectively Tackle Public Health
Emergencies of International Concern
The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services hosted International Health Regulation (IHR) Stakeholders’ Meeting on 6 July 2017. 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.The Evaluation further aimed to determine a baseline and develop an action plan which will help the Country develop its core capacities in compliance with IHR (2005). During a one day meeting, the findings of the Joint External Evaluation were presented to IHR Stakeholders composed of various Ministries, Agencies and Institutions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) supported the recent review and costing meeting for the National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) that was held in Walvis Bay on 31 October to 2 November 2017. The purpose of this meeting was to review, finalize and deliberate of costing of the proposed activities for this plan. Mr Petrus Mhata, WHO Namibia Surveillance Officer, reiterated the importance of building the countries core capacities in line with International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 and stated that the envisaged implementation plan is not only confined to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), alone, but a collective plan of the country as a whole.
WHO Namibia supports the development of a National Action
Plan on Health Security
WANTED: Leaders for a TB Free Namibia
The Ministry of Health and Social Services, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners joined the rest of the world calling on leaders to end tuberculosis (TB). TB can be prevented and treated, but continues to affect and kill many people around the globe.
Namibia considers National Health Fund to redress inequity in
The Minister of Health and Social Services, Honorable Dr. Bernhard Haufiku, articulated the iniquities in access to health care, perpetrated by the current health financing structure in the country, and called for reforms of the Public Service Employment Medical Scheme (PSEMAS).
Ministry of Health and Social Services launches Strategic Plan
16 July, Windhoek: The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) launched its Strategic Plan for 2017/18 - 2021/22 alongside partners, including the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia, on 16 July 2018 in Windhoek. The plan outlines activities towards making Namibia a healthy nation, in line with national and international development agendas.
10 August, Windhoek: The Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia, Dr Saara Kuungongelwa-Amadhila, launched the National Strategy on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on 10 August 2018 in Windhoek. The Strategy aims to reduce the preventable and avoidable burden of morbidity, mortality and disability due to NCDs in the country.
Namibian parliamentarians support the fight against TB
11 September, Windhoek: Namibia has one of the highest per capita burdens of Tuberculosis (TB) in the world. Although Namibia continues to register commendable progress in the fight against TB, alarmingly high numbers of cases continue to be reported in the country. In 2017, Namibia notified 8,854 patients with TB and of these, more than 800 were children under the age of 14 years. These numbers showed a decline of about 3% compared to the previous year.