Society for Family Health (SFH) is a registered Trust operating in Namibia since 1997 as a non-government organization. SFH is a member of PSI’s global network. SFH implements programs in malaria control, maternal and child health and HIV. The programs are aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of Namibia’s most vulnerable populations. SFH’s programs are implemented in all 13 regions of the country. The organization has regional offices in Zambezi, Kavango East & West, Ohangwena, Oshana, Otjozondjupa, Erongo, Omusati, Khomas and Karas.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services, SFH malaria’s prevention program is present in six of the country’s 13 political regions. The program is aimed at reducing the national burden of malaria and ensures that at-risk populations adopt and sustain malaria control behaviors. In addition to women and children under five years old, the initiative targets vulnerable groups such as people living with HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis patients and pensioners.
Long-lasting insecticide-treated nets are distributed through all parts affected by malaria. SupaNet plus nets are sold through social marketing in communities, especially among groups who can afford the highly subsidized charge through a system of direct sales as well as vendor and retail sales. Free, unbranded nets are distributed through partnerships with other operational NGOs and faith-based organizations.
Through the development and dissemination of information, education and communication (IEC) materials covering facts about malaria transmission as well as prevention and treatment of malaria, the wider community is reached in all local, understandable formats. These messages are strengthened by presentations at clinics, discussion groups and awareness-raising events.
Since the start of the program in 2010, 322,859 people have been reached, 504,253 items of IEC materials have been distributed and 143,900 nets have been either sold at nominal cost or distributed free to vulnerable groups.
Through the endless efforts of the malaria field staff, communities displaced by annual flooding were reached, awareness meetings held and nets distributed in spite of enormous challenges to people and equipment. SFH played a substantial and proud role in the success achieved by the Ministry of Health in the Roll Back Malaria goals.
The SFH HIV program consists of three projects:
Prevention with Most At-Risk Populations
The overall goal of the Key Populations (KP) program is to create an enabling environment to reduce HIV transmission among KPs through comprehensive HIV prevention services and linkages to care and treatment for men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers (SWS) and clients of sex workers (i.e. truckers, seafarers and miners).
The interventions under this program are aimed at reducing HIV infections and mitigate its impact among uniformed services personnel across the country. The program promotes abstinence, mutual fidelity, correct and consistent use of condoms, voluntary medical male circumcision, partner reduction, reduction of HIV-related stigma, and access to and use of HIV counseling and testing services.
- PolAction – In partnership with the Ministry of Safety & Security, this project is tailored exclusively to the needs of police officers, their workplaces and their families.
- MAPP – In partnership with the Ministry of Defense, this project serves all members of the military and their families in Namibia.
The Tusano project is a capacity development program that provides skills and training to people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) to tackle poverty and dependency. In addition, the program provides psycho-social care and support and advocacy.
- Provide high-quality psychosocial support to enable PLHWA to come to terms with their status, develop and strengthen social networks.
- Improve knowledge on food, nutrition and HIV and AIDS, while supporting PLWHA to initiate sustainable small-scale garden production.
- Enable PLWHA to personalize HIV/AIDS, raise awareness through innovative communication and media initiatives.
- Increase knowledge and understanding of human rights.
- Build skills and increase opportunities for PLWHA to start small-scale businesses that are both viable and sustainable.
SFH has also embarked on a 2-year diarrhea prevention pilot project that focuses on safe water and behavior change in the three north-east regions of Namibia. With this project, SFH seeks to improve access to household water treatment and awareness of safe water, sanitation and hygiene practices. The Tusano project, started in 2004 with the primary goal of providing critical services for people living with HIV and AIDS, also forms an important component of maternal and child heath survival.
- U.S. Agency for International Development
- The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
- US Department of Defense
- Ministry of Health & Social Services
- Ministry of Safety & Security
- Ministry of Defense
- Ministry of Education
- NGOs and faith-based organizations
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