Namibia

Supplies for performing the simple cervical cancer “screen-and-treat" procedure

Breast cancer is the most-common cancer among Namibian women (29.2 percent of newly developed cancers in women in 2012). Cervical cancer is Namibia’s second-most common cancer (18.1 percent of all newly developed cancers in women in 2012).

Country Targets Supported by Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon:

  • Assist the Government of Namibia to develop a National Cancer-Control Plan (NCCP) and subsequent implementation plans.
  • Plan the implementation of a program to vaccinate girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV) and the “Screen-and-Treat” model with the Government of Namibia.
  • Reach at least 80 percent coverage of screening and treatment for pre-invasive cervical cancer cases within the appropriate target populations.

In August 2014, President George W. Bush and the former First Lady of Namibia, Her Excellency Mrs. Penehupifo Pohamba, announced Namibia as Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s fifth country of engagement. Within the same year, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon launched “Screen-and-Treat” services at Windhoek Central and Katutura hospitals with the donation of nine cryotherapy machines, nine digital cameras for cervicography, and two Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) machines to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS).  Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon also facilitated and supported the training of nurses and doctors from the two hospitals as did PharmAccess Foundation, the Cancer Association of Namibia, and Mediclinic.

With Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon support, the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) contracted a consultant to develop a NCCP with the MoHSS.  In January 2017, the National Cancer Institute of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health (HHS/NIH/NCI) contracted a consultant to finalize the NCCP and facilitate the drafting of the implementation plans with the MoHSS.

Planning for Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon programming in Namibia continues. The opportunities and challenges around cervical and breast cancer are great in this country, and our activities have suggested the potential for further collaboration with the Government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to improve access to cancer-related services. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is positioned to work with public, private sector, and civil society partners to facilitate progress in years to come.

Please view our road map for more information about our programs in Namibia. 

Namibia Road Map 

 

2017 Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Priorities

  1. Introduce VIA screening and ablative and excision therapy to high-priority northern regions and the Windhoek area through the procurement of Screen-and-Treat equipment and training of health care providers;
  2. Finalize and disseminate a National Cancer-Control Plan and implementation plans and guidelines for cervical cancer care;
  3. Reprogram savings from Global Fund HIV/AIDS programs to expand cervical cancer Screen-and-Treat care;
  4. Begin communications and advocacy activities for women living with HIV/AIDS to educate women about prevention, screening, and treatment for cervical cancer, and encourage screening and treatment for cervical cancer and reduce stigma.

Longer-Term Priorities

  1. Plan the implementation of a program to vaccinate girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV) with the Government of Namibia;
  2. Reach at least 80 percent coverage of screening and treatment for pre-invasive cervical cancer cases within the appropriate target populations;
  3. Introduce HPV diagnostic testing and other innovative technologies to reach more women more efficiently; and
  4. Work with HIV advocates and prominent stakeholders to reduce stigma towards cervical cancer, particularly working through communities of people living with HIV/AIDS.