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In Namibia, Project HOPE is working to mitigate the impact of HIV through ensuring access to quality health care for vulnerable populations.
Namibia has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world. The epidemic has led to large numbers of children and adolescents growing up without adult protection, nurturing, or financial support. These orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) are at particularly high-risk for HIV. Project HOPE Namibia is working to address the burden HIV by reaching key, at-risk populations with access to treatment, prevention education, referrals, and linkages to counseling and support and economic strengthening activities.
Our current programs focus on strengthening adherence and retention to HIV care and treatment as well as mitigating the impact of HIV on people living with HIV and at-risk populations including orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), caregivers of OVC, and adolescent girls and young women.
Our History in Namibia
Project HOPE Namibia has collaborated with local partners, including the government of Namibia, to implement programs across nine of the 14 regions of Namibia. In 2002, Project HOPE Namibia was established as a registered welfare organization with the Ministry of Health and Social Services when we implemented a workplace HIV/AIDS program and an orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) program. The innovative OVC program combined family-centered care and support with economic strengthen to reduce household vulnerability and benefited over 30,000 children.
Partnering with local organizations, we have implemented HIV/AIDS programs funded by PEPFAR, USAID, and UNICEF. In 2011, programming expanded to include a focus on TB through a six-year program awarded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria. In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the program aimed to increase the number of people screened and treated for TB, resulting in more than 4,000 people with TB successfully completing treatment.