CDC in Namibia

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established an office in Namibia in 2002, with satellite offices to implement key HIV programs in high HIV burden regions in the country. CDC is helping to build the capacity of Namibia’s healthcare workforce to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats, with a primary focus on ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic and maintaining the care and treatment of those living with HIV.

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What CDC is Doing in Namibia

CDC Impact in Namibia
  • Supported Namibia to decrease HIV infections from more than 15,000 in 2002 to approximately 4,500 in 2018.
  • Supported Namibia to decrease HIV/AIDS related deaths in 2018 by half from nearly 10,000 deaths in 2002.
  • Supported Namibia to reach the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets of providing antiretroviral therapy for 90% of those diagnosed and ensuring 90% of those treated achieve viral suppression by 2020.
  • Continuing to provide support to reach the UNAIDS 95-95-95 target for treatment: 95% of people living with HIV knowing their HIV status; 95% of people who know their status on treatment; and 95% of people on treatment with suppressed viral loads.
CDC Staff in Namibia
  • 12 U.S. Assignees
  • 31 Locally Employed
Namibia at a Glance
  • Population: 2,533,794
  • Per capita income: $10,320 (US dollars)
  • Life expectancy at birth: F 65/M 62 years
  • Infant mortality rate: 36/1,000 live births

Sources: World Bank 2018, Namibia
Population Reference Bureau 2018, Namibia

Namibia Top 10 Causes of Death
  1. HIV/AIDS
  2. lschemic heart disease
  3. Lower respiratory infections
  4. Stroke
  5. Tuberculosis
  6. Neonatal disorders
  7. Diarrheal diseases
  8. Diabetes
  9. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  10. Road injuries


Source: GBD Compare 2018, Namibia

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Page last reviewed: January 6, 2020
Content source: Global Health