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Reaching the most vulnerable and at-risk since 2009.

  • Through the ACHIEVE project, Jhpiego successfully implemented DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) initiatives in 21 health facilities across four districts in the north of Namibia. As a result, more than 54,000 adolescent girls and young women were reached with standardized, evidence-based interventions designed to promote the adoption of HIV prevention behaviors and service uptake.
  • ACHIEVE also strengthened the capacity of two local partners (Catholic AIDS Action and Star for Life) to lead and sustain HIV prevention initiatives among adolescent girls and young women. This was achieved through training, coaching and mentoring on DREAMS program implementation and monitoring and evaluation, as well as technical capacity building in gender-based violence and other areas.
  • Under the RISE project, Jhpiego conducted a social media campaign with partner organization AIfluence to learn about sentiments regarding COVID-19 vaccination and to support the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) to design responses that encourage people to get vaccinated and support protection for all Namibians. RISE worked with the MOHSS to develop and launch the MOHSS COVID-19 website to ensure public access to accurate information about COVID-19.
  • Under the HW21 project, Jhpiego collaborated with the MOHSS on the development of a National Cervical Cancer Elimination Strategic Plan, National Cervical Cancer Prevention Program Awareness and Demand Generation Strategy, and National Quality Strategy for Cervical Cancer Prevention, and has advised the MOHSS on their implementation, through activities such as training of trainers for cervical cancer screening.

Our Work in Namibia

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.

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.

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.

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.

Under this global project, led by FHI360 and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Jhpiego is leading project implementation in Namibia. The goal of the MOSAIC project is to ensure that individuals, especially women, can protect themselves from acquiring HIV by accelerating introduction and scale-up of new biomedical prevention products, and by expediting availability, acceptance, uptake and impact of these products.