Launch of Japan-WHO-Namibia Trilateral Cooperation Project
On 13 August 2020, the project titled “Improving the national preparedness and response capacity to contain infectious disease outbreaks and other drought related public heath events in Namibia” was officially launched.
The project aims to strengthen the national and subnational capacity to implement effective response intervention needed to contain infectious diseases, particularly the ongoing Hepatitis E Virus and drought-related health events, including severe acute malnutrition. The Government of Japan contributed an amount of USD 227,272 which was close to NAD 4 million to this trilateral cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Namibia.
In his speech, H.E. Hideaki Harada, Ambassador of Japan, stated, “The government of Japan decided to support the Namibian government’s leadership and efforts in partnership with WHO, as a trusted partner of Namibia and Japan in health, in order to ensure that all the members of the community can live a fulfilling life, through strengthening the health system.”
Dr. Charles Sagoe-Moses, WHO Country Representative, remarked that the project to tackle COVID-19 as well as Hepatitis E Virus came in the right time, appreciating the cooperation of Japan and Namibia.
Hon. Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, Minister of Health and Social Services, expressed gratitude for Japan’s support in collaboration with WHO to strengthen the health system in Namibia.