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Where we are

We are active in the Kavango region in the North of Namibia

The Okavango River is the border between Angola and Namibia, and the lifeline of the fertile alluvial plains.

Around 200 000 Kavango people live in this area between the Ovamboland and the Caprivi Strip – consisting of five sub-groups. They migrated in the mid-18th century from East Africa and consist of ethnicity’s like the Ovambo and Bantu peoples.

The region is named after the Living folk group of the Kavango. Regional capital is Rundu (61’900 inhabitants), which to Windhoek (322’000 inhabitants) is the second largest city in Namibia. Also today, the region is still among the poorest regions of Namibia.

The Kavangos are a river people who depend on agriculture and fishing from the Okavango River to this day for survival.

200 km east of Rundu

Andara Hospital

Andara is 200 km east of Rundu. The hospital in Andara is a catholic government hospital located on the Kavango at the border of the Caprivi Strip. The hospital has 110 beds and has 2 to 3 doctors and 19 nurses on staff.

The hospital offers the following services:

  • OPD, where outpatient treatments are offered similar to a GP in Switzerland
  • Male, female, TB, children and maternity ward
  • Radiology, where conventional x-rays are performed
  • Pharmacy, where patients are supplied with the necessary medication

The first team of doctors visited Andara in January 2015. A team comprised of a gynecologist and a GP with anesthesiology experience traveled to Andara with a sponsored ultrasound machine. After their arrival the need for an ultrasound machine immediately became apparent, when an incident report showed that a 14 year old patient had passed away due to an undetected intestinal perforation. During their stay they trained the local staff in gynecological ultrasound and anesthesiology. We were able to deepen the ultrasound trainings in July 2015 and March 2016.

A multitude of other significant deficits became apparent. Oftentimes we were able to overcome those with little material and organizational effort. Many new ideas came out of that work and we have big plans for the future

100 km east of Rundu

Nyangana Hospital

The Nyangana hospital is about 100 km east of Rundu. It is a catholic government hospital with 110 beds, 2 – 3 physicians and 20 nurses on staff.

The hospital offers the following services:

  • OPD, where outpatient treatments are offered similar to a GP in Switzerland
  • Male, female, TB, Children and maternity ward
  • Radiology, where conventional xrays are performed
  • Pharmacy, where patients are supplied with the necessary medication

The doctors in Nyangana received an ultrasound machine from a US Non-profit organisation. Ultrasound diagnostics is incredibly important for their work and enables early diagnoses, which in turn gives patients a greater chance of survival. In 2015 we were able to provide intense and in-depth ultrasound training and put the device to use. Further trainings were met with a high level of interest and we are constantly working for a sustained and lasting use of those diagnostics in Nyangana.

Largest government hospital in the Kavango region

Rundu Hospital

The state hospital in Rundu with its 300 beds and 600 staff is the largest government hospital in the Kavango region.

Namibia has a large deficit in physicians and nurses, and the Rundu State Hospital doesn’t have one Namibian physician. There are doctors from various, mainly African countries, as well as from Cuba. Most of the nurses and midwives are from Namibia.

They all need to have a large amount of flexibility in their daily work. Part time work is not known, and health care staff all work full time and often more than that.

The hospital is the only government hospital that offers physiotherapy with a team of 3 physiotherapists and 1 ergo therapist.