Accelerating the reduction of maternal and child mortality in Namibia

Accelerating the reduction of maternal and child mortality in Namibia

Better access to maternity health care

PARMaCM is making a difference to thousands of women and children in Namibia, improving their health and survival.

Dr. Monir Islam – Former WHO country representative

CONTEXT

Since Namibia's independence, Namibians have enjoyed an increase in the quality of their healthcare system. But Namibia still faces high maternal and child mortality rates due to isolated remote rural communities with no direct access to the health care service, to high teenage pregnancies, malnutrition as a result of poverty and inadequate capacities for health service delivery.

OBJECTIVES

  • Improve access to and quality of Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (EmONC) services.
  • Support the implementation of Adolescent Friendly Health Services.
  • Improve maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition programmes and services.
  • Mobilise communities for improved maternal, newborn and child health.
  • Build capacity of health workers.

RESULTS

  • Strengthening routine immunisation, child health services, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV services, malaria prevention.
  • Improving maternal and child nutrition.
  • Improving access to quality adolescent friendly health services.
  • Strengthening human and institutional capacity.
  • Reinforcing community mobilisation and involvement.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Strengthening the capacity of more than 1000 health providers through training
  • Inauguration of the Okongo Maternity Waiting Home contributing to maternal and child mortality reduction in Namibia.
  • Stronger immunisation system through support to each nationwide Maternal and Child Health Week and African Vaccination Week since 2013 and via the supply of 95 refrigerators, 680 vaccine carriers, etc.
  • Support to the introduction of two new vaccines against pneumonia and diarrhea.
  • Support to the alleviation of the transport problems and improvement of access to Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal care services in the country via the provision of 9 ambulances to the PARMaCM districts and 3 intermediate referral hospitals.
  • Improvement of health logistics for transporting equipment, supplies, vaccines including transporting health care providers for monitoring and supervision in the regions via the provision of 6 vehicles to the PARMaCM districts.

PARTNERS

TESTIMONY

Encouraging people to make use of health services

"This programme must be country wide because it's helping our people. Our people they don't know everything about health. Sometimes here (Otuzemba village) our people are using their traditional way, like when women are giving birth. Some of them are just giving birth in their community, as they don't know the profit of going to a hospital. Now the programme is encouraging them to go to the hospital."- Tauaondja Mbinge – Health Extension Worker in Otuzemba village