Dr Islam, Representative of WHO Namibia, making the closing statement at the 8th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer Conference in Windhoek on 22 July 2014
Dr Islam, Representative of WHO Namibia, handing over cold chain equipment to the Ministry of Health and Social Services as part of strengthening the health system to respond to the maternal and child health needs in Namibia.
Who we are
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. WHO has operated in Namibia since it gained Independence in 1990.
The attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health remains the major commitment of WHO.
Overcoming diseases related to poverty, exclusion and ignorance in a context of good governance and autonomous development of a proactive health system, for a decent and worthy living, by the year 2020.
WHO’s core strength is its ability to provide strategic, policy and technical advice; leadership; advocacy and support coordination across the health sector to address challenges related to equitable and accessible health. The WHO Country Office in Namibia (WCO) will continue to utilize the global WHO network for mobilizing resources and expertise to address health challenges in the country, whilst coordinating with and supporting country-level partners to ensure sustainable health outcomes for all Namibians.
What we do
WHO operates according to its second Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) 2010-2015 with Namibia. The CCS articulates the key health priorities for collaboration between WHO, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) as well as with the broader health sector, namely communities, civil society, private sector, bilateral and multilateral donors among other partners, particularly UN agencies.
1.Health Systems Strengthening: Ensures that the health system is strengthened to provide equitable, affordable, accessible and high quality services, particularly to disadvantaged and marginalized populations in line with the Primary Health Care (PHC) strategy.2.Combating Priority Diseases: WHO’s support will be geared towards achieving universal access to HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, prevention treatment, care and support services. Similarly, support will be provided to prevent the occurrence and reduce the impact of other communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as accelerate elimination and eradication of targeted diseases.3.Improving Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health: WHO will provide support to ensure that mothers and children do not die of preventable and treatable causes by providing quality technical support, resource mobilization and targeted advocacy to keep women and child health high on the development agenda.4.Promoting a Safer and Healthier Environment: Cognizant of the increasing frequency, magnitude and impact of disasters due to climate change and other natural phenomena, as well as the interconnectedness of the world we live in, the CCS focuses on strengthening support to disaster risk reduction, early warning, preparedness, response and early warning capacity. Furthermore, WHO will work with the MoHSS and other health partners to promote healthy lifestyles and advocate for addressing inequities rooted in the social determinants of health.
The United Nations Development Partnership Framework (UNPAF) covering the period 2014-2018 is the third strategic programme framework prepared by the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) and the United Nations (UN) system in Namibia. The UNPAF describes the collective response of the UN to priority national development challenges. It is a strategic document guiding WHO’s work in Namibia. This strategic partnership and resource planning driving the programmes through which the UN System supports Namibia in implementing the 4th National Development Plan (NDP 4) and the realisation of its development goal as stipulated in the Vision 2030. The UNPAF is built on four pillars: Institutional Environment, Education and Skills, Health, and Reducing Extreme Poverty.NDP 4 Desired Outcome for Health:
By 2017, all Namibians have access to a quality health system in terms of prevention, cure and rehabilitation, and the country is characterised by an improvement in the 2011 baseline figure of 57 for a health adjusted life expectancy to 59.UNPAF Desired Outcomes for Health: By 2018, Namibia will have accountable and well-coordinated multi-sectoral mechanisms to reduce the burden of priority diseases and conditions, address the social, economic and determinants of health, and improve health outcomes. By 2018, Namibia will have a strengthened health system that delivers quality, accessible and affordable, integrated and equitable health care.For more information visit: WHO Country Page: www.who.int/countries/nam/
The CCS aims at enhancing the achievement of improved health
outcomes for Namibia through these four inter-related strategic
PROF. DR. QUAZI MONIRUL
Prof. Dr. Quazi Monirul Islam is the Representative of the World Health Organisation Country Office in Windhoek, Namibia, since March 2014. Dr. Islam provides WHO’s strategic, policy and programmatic guidance towards the health sector of Namibia.