Women, children and infectious diseases

We're working together on capacity building so that trained personnel can deliver urgently needed healthcare, just where and when its needed.

A baby in an incubator at Rundu's special care baby unit
Saving a life: an incubator is just a warm box.

Women, Children and Infectious Diseases are the focus of United Nations Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6.

Women and children are the future of any nation and they must not be disadvantaged: their health and wealth must be promoted.  Infectious Diseases can still devastate a population.

The University of Namibia has identified major health problems in the country, including:

  • very few Anaesthetists working in public health service:  people die on their way to hospital as there is so little help out there;
  • the are major Public Health issues:  often caused by the extreme rurality of Namibia;
  • diseases like HIV/AIDS and multiresistant Tuberculosis are a major problem causing great suffering.

Namibia needs skilled healthcare providers, numbers of trained personnel are completely inadequate for the country's needs.

Below, Dr Jacob Sheehama discusses some of the challenges for healthcare education and training in Namibia, which UNAM is working to address with support from the Phoenix Project.


Mum in a centre for Anaesthesia teaching

Anaesthesia for Namibia

This project aims to develop a Masters level Anaesthesia education for the very first time.

People waiting at Rundu out-patients department

Public health challenges

This project provides assistance with the development of health related curricula in UNAM.

Mum and newborn Rundu

Midwifery project

The women and babies of Namibia need skilled midwives who are confident in their midwifery practice to provide safe births and appropriate emergency midwifery care, as well as prompt and efficient referral to obstetric services.