On February 11, 2016, in support of Namibia National Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) initiatives, the American government, through AIDSFree, donated 100 diathermy machines along with emergency bags to various private health facilities to increase and promote quality VMMC procedures. The four recipient facilities—Circle Medical Clinic, Wanaheda Medical Centre, Omwandi Pola Medical Centre, and Northcote Medical Centre—are part of a network of 59 private doctors currently collaborating with AIDSFree Namibia to scale up VMMC delivery through medical aid-supported facilities.
“As you all know, HIV is a complicated disease. Responding to it is equally complicated, and it has required us, working with our Namibian partners, to continually adjust what we are doing in order to have the greatest effect. What we learn about HIV here and in the other countries around the globe where the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) works helps us all to maximize the impact of the response,” said U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia Thomas Daughton at the event.
Left: Abt Associates Inc./AIDSFree Namibia Deputy Chief of Party Lawrence Kahindi; U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton; and Namibia’s Minister of Health and Social Services the Honorable Bernard Haukiku inspect the diathermy machines used for VMMC procedures.
U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton and Namibia’s Minister of Health and Social Services the Honorable Bernard Haukiku hand over a diathermy machine and emergency medical kit to Dr. Akutu Munyika of the Omwandi Pola Medical Center, in Ondangwa, located in Namibia’s Oshana Region.
“VMMC has proven to be one of the most economical and effective methods of reducing HIV transmission. Reducing transmission is a key component of epidemic control. That’s why it is so encouraging to see the government’s proactive effort to scale up VMMC here in Namibia,” added U.S. Ambassador Daughton.
Left to right: Dr. Brian Chaka, Hosea Shanika, Nicolene Goosen, Dr Amukutu Munyeka, U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton, Ella Shihepo, Dineo Dawn Pereko, and Dr. Emmanual Tom after receiving the emergency bags and diathermy machines from the Ambassador
At the end of the event, Ambassador Daughton concluded, “The private sector has clearly demonstrated its willingness and its ability to join the Namibian government’s efforts to scale up Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in Namibia. They can be a formidable force in creating a sustainable HIV response, and ultimately epidemic control, here in Namibia.”
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