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HIV/AIDS Assets and Strategic Focus

Strategic Focus
The CDC Namibia office was established in 2002. Since then, CDC has assisted the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) with developing a comprehensive package of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment activities. CDC’s technical assistance has strengthened the accessibility and quality of clinical services offered in health facilities across the country.

Strengthening Public Health Systems
CDC provides technical assistance to the MOHSS and other partners to strengthen epidemiological, surveillance, laboratory, operational research, and workforce capacity. CDC also supports national efforts to integrate primary healthcare services and to promote the idea that HIV/AIDS investments can have an impact on maternity, pediatric, chronic disease, tuberculosis (TB), and other services.

Strengthening Laboratory Systems and Networks
The Namibia Institute of Pathology, the Polytechnic of Namibia, and the MOHSS receive CDC support for the training of laboratory workers, attainment of accreditation, and enhancement of laboratory information systems. A stronger laboratory system has allowed Namibia to expand HIV early infant diagnosis, robust clinical monitoring of HIV-positive patients, and TB diagnostic services, among others. CDC is providing technical assistance to the MOHSS to establish the country’s first National Public Health Laboratory and to accelerate the roll-out of point-of-care diagnostics.

For more information on CDC-Namibia, read the latest PAMWE Issue (June 2014), a public health magazine published by CDC-Namibia.

Notable Accomplishments

Supporting Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT) and Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) Services
  • CDC supports the national expansion and quality improvement of PMTCT services, which has reduced the HIV transmission rate for HIV-exposed infants to 4%. In addition, CDC supports the continued scale-up and strengthening of ART services under new guidelines which expand the eligibility criteria to more HIV-positive individuals.

Enhancing National Capacity for Epidemiology, Surveillance, Research, and Health Information Systems
  • Working closely with the MOHSS and other partners, CDC’s efforts build local capacity for strategic information activities at all levels of the health system. Promoting a culture of evidence-based decision-making is a priority for CDC Namibia and will help ensure that resources are used strategically and effectively.

Strengthening Education and Training Institutions to Build the Public Health Workforce
  • Technical and financial assistance are provided to pre and in-service education and training institutions in Namibia across a variety of health fields, including medicine, nursing, public health, epidemiology, pharmacy, and laboratory sciences.

 
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