Reaching the most vulnerable and at-risk since 2009.
- More than 29,000 men and boys received voluntary medical male circumcision services, thereby benefiting from this procedure’s protective effect against HIV infection.
- With support from the Maternal and Child Survival Program, the Namibia Planned Parenthood Association (NAPPA) improved the quality of their HIV and sexual and reproductive health services and expanded access to care while refocusing services on adolescents and youth. As a result, NAPPA provided 60,808 HIV tests, linked 2,049 HIV-positive clients to antiretroviral therapy, and initiated pre-exposure prophylaxis with 384 HIV-negative clients at high risk of contracting HIV.
- Jhpiego supported the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) to introduce community-based HIV testing and counseling through community health workers (CHWs), and trained 266 CHWs in five districts to provide safe, professional and accurate HIV testing and counseling services, including index partner tracing, at the household level.
- Jhpiego also supported the MOHSS and CDC with developing a National Strategy for Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control and with conducting training of trainers for cervical cancer screening.
Our Work in Namibia
Reaching Impact, Saturation, and Epidemic Control (RISE)
RISE is a five-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). RISE works with countries to achieve a shared vision of attaining and maintaining epidemic control, with stronger local partners capable of managing and achieving results through sustainable, self-reliant and resilient health systems by 2024. RISE’s contributions to this work will lead to fewer new HIV infections, decreased HIV-related morbidity and mortality, and increased quality of life for people living with HIV. With USAID PEPFAR investments, RISE supports countries to achieve and maintain epidemic control by providing strategic technical assistance and direct service delivery to improve HIV prevention, case finding, treatment programming, and viral load suppression. The primary objectives of the RISE project are to: 1) attain and maintain HIV epidemic control among at-risk adult men, women and priority populations; 2) attain and maintain HIV epidemic control among key populations; 3) strengthen health systems including improved program management, health information systems, human resources for health and financial systems to ensure attainment and maintenance of epidemic control; and 4) support the transition of direct funding and implementation to capable local partners to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners by 2020. The project is led by Jhpiego with the following partners: ICAP at Columbia University, Management Sciences for Health, Anova, BAO Systems, Johns Hopkins University Center for Public Health and Human Rights, and Mann Global Health. RISE is currently active in several countries, including Namibia.
Adolescents and Children HIV Incidence Reduction, Empowerment and Virus Elimination Project (ACHIEVE)
ACHIEVE is a five-year global effort to reach and sustain HIV epidemic control among pregnant and breastfeeding women, adolescents, infants and children. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, this project is implemented by a Pact-led consortium that includes Jhpiego, Palladium, No Means No Worldwide and WI-HER. In Namibia, Jhpiego is leading efforts to scale up the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS)/Twagamenwa interventions to four new districts in two regions in northern Namibia, as well as providing capacity development to local organizations. The goal of these efforts—which is to prevent new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women—will be achieved by delivering DREAMS services across the areas of: 1) HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health services (SRH) and linkages to other HIV/SRH prevention, care and treatment services; 2) gender-based violence prevention and care services; and 3) HIV impact mitigation, education and economic empowerment.
Health Workforce for the 21st Century Project
The Health Workforce for the 21st Century Project (HW21) is a multi-country initiative funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Systems Administration under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. HW21 supports country-level programs to address key human resources for health system barriers to achieving 95-95-95 goals (i.e., 90% of people living with HIV knowing their HIV status, 90% of people who know their status on treatment, and 90% of people on treatment with suppressed viral loads). This support is provided through technical and implementation assistance as well as research, analysis and sharing of results to inform program implementation. In Namibia, Jhpiego is implementing a cervical cancer prevention program under HW21.
Enhancing Global Health Security: Expanding Efforts and Strategies to Protect and Improve Public Health Globally
Funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this five-year project builds upon activities funded by CDC to support Global Health Security through implementation of programs and activities that focus on protecting and improving health globally through partnerships with Ministries of Health and other institutions. With an initial emphasis on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the project is supporting countries—including Namibia—and carrying out regional work in West Africa and South America to improve prevention of avoidable epidemics, including naturally occurring outbreaks and intentional or accidental releases of dangerous pathogens, and to improve ability to detect threats early and respond rapidly and effectively to public health threats of international concern. The project is being implemented by a Jhpiego-led consortium that includes the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Global Scientific Solutions for Health, and Johns Hopkins University Center for Global Health.