HIV patients resume treatment

06 August 2020 | Health

More than 4 000 Namibian HIV patients who stopped taking their antiretroviral medication have resumed treatment thanks to the United States’ food assistance program.
“I simply could not take my medication on an empty stomach because of side effects,” recalls Pezaje Tjazuvara from Otjinene in the Omaheke region. The 59-year-old family head is one of 147 patients in the region who have returned to antiretroviral care since she started receiving maize meal, beans, and oil through the food assistance program. “I truly appreciate the food assistance, which not only helped me feed my family but also allowed me to take my pills again.”
The food assistance program, intended to meet the nutritional gap of food insecure families affected by Namibia’s recent drought, is funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Omaheke Governor Pijoo Nganate expressed appreciation of the food assistance from PEPFAR and USAID, saying, “It will go a long way and be remembered by our people.”
Following President Geingob’s declaration of a drought emergency in May 2019, the US Embassy in Windhoek committed US$8.6 million in food assistance to the most affected and vulnerable Namibians, including HIV patients.
Food assistance distribution began in December of 2019 in Kavango East and Kavango West, then extended to several other regions of the country. The World Food Programme (WFP) distributes the last of the US$8.6 million-worth of food this month.
Using the funds from PEPFAR and USAID, the WFP distributed 10 000 metric tons of food to 350,000 Namibians over the course of nine months.
The Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health and Social Services partnered with the US Embassy and WFP to provide this food assistance to Namibians.

Similar News


US strengthens Namibian healthcare

3 days ago - 16 September 2020 | Health

The US government is supporting the ministry of health and social services through hiring 67 data clerks for the month of September. This is in...

Suicides remain high

5 days ago - 14 September 2020 | Health

Windhoek • [email protected] to 800 lives were snuffed out by suicide in Namibia over the 18 months. New statistics shared by the Namibian police with...

Soap for marginalised, rural communities

1 week ago - 11 September 2020 | Health

Palms for Life Fund (PFL) donated 250 000 bars of soap to aid in Namibia’s efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19.The soap recently arrived...

UNICEF heads buying Covid vaccines

2 weeks ago - 04 September 2020 | Health

UNICEF is leading efforts to procure and supply Covid-19 vaccines in what could possibly be the world’s largest and fastest ever procurement and supply of...

Covid info hub launched

2 weeks ago - 04 September 2020 | Health

The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) launched a Covid-19 information hub aimed at generating and displaying timely, accurate population and infrastructure data that supports government’s response...

Remdesivir arrives for Covid patients

2 weeks ago - 02 September 2020 | Health

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said the health ministry would provide the antiviral medication Remdesivir to Covid-19 patients, after it arrived in Namibia...

More US support for Covid readiness

2 weeks ago - 01 September 2020 | Health

Through funding from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation, the Namibian ministry of health and social services’ (MoHSS) national healthcare training...

More testing centres for Khomas announced

3 weeks ago - 27 August 2020 | Health

In a bid to test more people suspected of having contracted Covid-19 and to make contact tracing easier, more testing centres have been identified in...

Support for cancer patients in need

3 weeks ago - 27 August 2020 | Health

“The effects of Covid-19 are now more tangible than could ever have been anticipated. Namibians are struggling financially and cancer patients are even more severely...

Covid hits informal settlements

3 weeks ago - 24 August 2020 | Health

Windhoek • [email protected] as the spread of Hepatitis-E cases shows signs of abating, residents of Windhoek’s informal settlements are facing a new and potentially more...

Latest News

Qatar also heading back to...

2 days ago - 17 September 2020 | Transport

Come 15 October, Qatar Airways will be flying to Windhoek three times a week again.The announcement came earlier today, and follows the decision by Eurowings...

Sen Pang leads UN Namibia

2 days ago - 17 September 2020 | People

Sen Pang, the newly appointed United Nations Resident Coordinator in Namibia, was received at State House, where he handed over his Letter of Credence and...

Informal market coming for Havana

2 days ago - 17 September 2020 | Infrastructure

Windhoek mayor Fransina Kahungu said the city received a pledge of N$5 million from the ministry of industrialisation, trade and SME development to help build...

Eurowings makes a Namibian return

2 days ago - 17 September 2020 | Transport

Eurowings will resume their Frankfurt-Windhoek route this weekend, with the first flight landing at the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) on Sunday.In a media statement,...

Another Air Namibia resignation

2 days ago - 17 September 2020 | Business

The national airline’s chief financial officer Werner Schuckmann has tendered his resignation with effect 30 September 2020.The process to recruit a substantive chief financial officer...

Card fraud on the increase

2 days ago - 17 September 2020 | Opinion

Windhoek • Riaan ViljoenDuring the lockdown, a whole new generation of users discovered the joys and convenience of online shopping.Worldwide, online debit or credit card...

Masking Namibia

2 days ago - 17 September 2020 | Social Issues

Local social impact agency, Arba Stature, in partnership with Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) donated 2253 face masks to 25 schools through its #CoverNamibia campaign.Designed to...

GIPF says investments safe

2 days ago - 17 September 2020 | Economics

The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) said that it is aware of the de-registration of the Baobab Capital (Pty) Ltd (the fund manager) and Baobab...

International accolade for EIF

3 days ago - 16 September 2020 | Environment

The Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) received a certificate of merit for outstanding Sustainable Project Financing at the Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance Awards, recognising its...

Load More