Medication to the most remote corners of Namibia & Angola
Northern Namibia - Namibia / Angola border region - In the regions along the entire northern border of northern Namibia and southern Angola - stretching from the Kunene in the west to the easternmost tip of the Caprivistrip - thousands of residents still have little or no access to medical assistance. Most aid stations are concentrated in urban areas, while the majority of the poorest population live in extremely remote areas.
We provide medicines for people in isolated parts of the country for whom the nearest health post is tens of kilometers away. In addition to treatment with ACT-Therapy, we also provide impregnated mosquito nets and provide information. Especially for the people who live in the most remote regions of Africa. Roads are missing and medical facilities, electricity and clean drinking water are hardly accessible.
Big challenge. Our treatment teams work in places on the border in northern Namibia and southern Angola where resources are limited. Logistics are a major challenge here, the situation is uncertain and the circumstances do not lend themselves to advanced medical care that many of us are used to. Overcoming obstacles, thousands of people get the medicines they need thanks to DAM. Countless children are treated by us. We help families overcome diseases, so that their children no longer die unnecessarily.
Free care is essential. High costs for treatments and medicines cause catastrophic consequences for thousands of patients in northern Namibia, whose parents are unable to pay for that medical care. Drive Against Malaria provides help for everyone who needs care. This goes with closed wallet. - This is an important task for our aid organization; ensure that all children, in every family, receive care when they are sick. This is a right for every child, regardless of where his or her cradle is! We believe that this is one of the most important assignments for our organization.
Effective malaria treatments. We unite with the often miserable conditions that are part of our working environment. After almost 30 years of assistance in extreme areas, we are prepared for this. But we continue to strive for the best possible and most effective malaria care. We carry out our goal in hundreds of isolated locations where we assist the residents. Our teams provide GPS mapping in the area, so that we can map the malaria prevention areas, including all important settlements.
Squeezed population groups. We treat where we can and establish new projects in the settlements. In addition, we take care of the Himba population that also flows from neighboring country Angola to seek help. We support oppressed population groups that face the life-threatening and neglected malaria disease. Drive Against Malaria takes care of these people. Where we can we broaden access to malaria care with life-saving treatments for infected people.
The media also plays an important role. Our help has not remained unobtrusive within the media. With a weekly page about malaria in the Namib Times, health discussions via national radio and prime-time NBC TV News, DAM has hidden the malaria victims of the north. The media also plays an important role in every form to educate the people of the country about the dreaded disease. That gives us the opportunity to put life-saving accents in the publicity. We are significantly active in the field of education and information and work together with local organizations.
We are now making great progress in Namibia. Already after two years since our assistance, we are seeing great progress in the regions of Namibia where malaria is reduced by 98%! Drive Against Malaria has made enormous progress in reducing malaria by providing thousands of people with protection and malaria assistance. In the regions where our aid programs have been set up in the far north of the country such as the Kunene, Omusati and Ohangwena regions during the malaria outbreak of 2014, the number of malaria has now dropped dramatically and there have been no deaths in Kunene.
Bringing Malaria outbreaks to a halt. The rainy season and the severe flooding in early 2016 caused malaria outbreaks in most of the northern regions.
We stay on site. The malaria outbreaks have now been brought under full control. We cannot, however, weaken attention because the dreaded disease is always lurking. Drive Against Malaria provides people in need in extremely remote and difficult areas.
Children and adults. It is rare for residents to be able to visit a doctor when they are sick. In many remote areas, this is unfortunately not incidental. After a malaria outbreak, with a natural disaster such as flooding on top, we stay on site to help the people.
Residents in remote areas can continue to count on us. With our help in the settlements of Namibia we take care of seriously ill children, we take care of families who have fallen victim to illness and provide protection. For malaria and many other tropical diseases that can be life threatening, people can count on Drive Against Malaria. DAM provides access to life-saving prevention, medicines such as ACT and diagnostics, so that malaria can be diagnosed and cured in locally established aid stations.
Drive Against Malaria is successful in 2016 against Malaria in Namibia. Mosquito nets treated with long-acting insecticide cause an optimistic fall in the number of malaria infections in northern Namibia. DAM was the first to start aid projects in 2014 in two provinces in and around the Kunene. We then expanded our mission area along the entire border with neighboring Angola to combat cross-border malaria infections. We visit the villages to encourage the use of mosquito nets and DAM also trains local people in diagnosing and treating malaria. Prevention, information and education have high priority. The result is a reduction in malaria infections in 27 villages and settlements of no less than 95 percent within two years. Child mortality due to malaria is virtually non-existent.
Namibia is also participating in our Schools Against Malaria Project ! The fight against malaria continues with great success!