The Society for Family Health (SFH) is a registered trust operating in Namibia since 1997 as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). SFH is a member of the international global network of Population Services International (PSI).
SFH implemented Water Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools (WinS) to promote sanitation and hygiene in the communities.
The KP is aimed at improving access to comprehensive HIV prevention, care, treatment and support for those at substantial risk of HIV.
We implemented a community based malaria prevention program in the malaria prone areas of Kavango, Oshana and Omusati regions since 2003.
The MAPP programme aims to reduce the impact of HIV within the Namibia Defence Force.
The AGYW initiative overall aim is to reduce vulnerability of adolescent girls and young women to HIV infection, unintended pregnancies and related social determinants.
The year 2017 was spent rolling out the PrEP throughout the country. PrEP has been recommended by the WHO as an additional Prevention tool for HIV.
SFH, with funding from Unicef, has been implementing the Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) in Schools (WinS) project since 2015. To date, a total of 867 staff from schools were trained in WASH.
The SFH, with funding from USAID and the Global Fund (through NANASO), implements a Key Population program (KP) aimed at improving access to comprehensive HIV prevention, care, treatment and support. The project is implemented through KP-led organisations such Out-Right Namibia (ORN), King’s Daughters Organisation (KDO), Rights Not Rescue Trust (RnRT), Voice of Hope Trust (VHT) and other local partners including Namibia Planned Parenthood Association (NAPPA), Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) and Caprivi Hope for Life Trust (CHFLT). The project targets LGBTI and Sex Worker (SW) communities with combination prevention approaches including SBCC, HTC, ART, VMMC, PMTCT, PEP, Condoms and lubricants and enabling environment for KP led advocacy. SFH uses a case management approach to provide systematic and comprehensive care to identified KP at high risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV infection. The case management approach incorporates STI and TB screening and referrals, screening for the use of contraception, violence, mental illness and adherence support. Some of the key achievements during the 2015/2016 include:
The SFH, with support and funding from the Global Fund through MoHSS, implements a malaria prevention programme in the malaria affected areas of Kavango, Oshana and Omusati regions.
The project with funding from the United States Government through its Department of Defence (DOD) aims to reduce the impact of HIV within the Namibia Defence Force (NDF) and promoting capacity development to ensure long term sustainability of programme interventions in the Military. HIV prevention activities focus on developing the capacity of the MoD/NDF to take full ownership in the entire implementation of MAPP at all military facilities.
SFH supports training of Namibian students through offering internships to the local tertiary institutions particularly in social studies, public health and information technology. During 2015, XX students were provided internship opportunities at SFH.
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...is a renowned medical practitioner. He graduated as Medical Doctor (MD) from Moscow, studied Public Health at Harvard Univeristy (USA) and Public and Tropical Medicine (London School of Tropical Health & Hygiene). Furthermore, he is a holder of a Master of Business Administration from Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands). Dr Shangula served as the Head of the Military Hospital and Director of Medical Services of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) during the liberation war. After independence he served in various public service positions including Head of Department and subsequently Medical Superintendent of Peripheral Hospitals (North West Region), Regional Health Director for the same region, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Social Services (1996-2007) and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (2007-2012). In 2014, he was appointed as Deputy Associate Dean in the UNAM School of Medicine responsible for Clinical Affairs. Dr Shangula serves on a number of boards both public and private enterprises.
... is an Entrepreneur Consultant, and holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Namibia and a Masters of Education degree from Rhodes University in South Africa. She is currently enrolled for a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree with the University of Namibia. Anna has extensive experience in business related research, education program research, product sales and specializes in project implementation, business development and monitoring and evaluation of projects. She is employed by the University of Namibia as Head of the Business Development division of the University Central Consultancy Bureau, which is responsible for the sourcing, identification and development of income generation projects on behalf of UNAM. Ms. Ipangelwa is experienced in mentoring and coaching of SMEs in Namibia through the University Central Consultancy Bureau of UNAM. Additionally, she has managed educational programs for the United States Peace Corps for five years, and was the country director of the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH) for six years.
... started his professional career in the Education Sector then the mining industry, where he spent 15 years, working himself up through the ranks of the Consolidated Diamond Mines of De Beers, while being seconded from Anglo American corporation, to the position of Senior Human Resources Manager on the Namdeb (CDM) mines in Oranjemund, where he was appointed to the Executive Committee (EXCO) as Head of Department. Post-Independence in February 1993, Sakkie was called by Cabinet & GRN, to serve the Namibian nation, where he was appointed as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and subsequently as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development then later as the Secretary to the Cabinet (1996-1999). In 1999, Sakkie was appointed as Secretary to the Presidency and First National Coordinator for the Vision 2030 Project. Upon successful accomplishment of his mandate for the National Vision 2030, Sakkie stepped out into the private sector in 2001, where he has been successfully involved in various business undertakings until now. The wheel having turned full circle, Sakkie Kaulinge was welcomed back home into the mining and construction fold by being appointed as the Namibian Director to Basil Read Mining and Construction Namibia (PTY) Ltd Boards of Directors.
... is a legal practitioner with over 16 years’ experience. She is a graduate of the UNAM Law School with a Baccalaureus Juris (B Juris) and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree. She was admitted as a legal practitioner into the High Court of Namibia in 2004 and has been a High Court Accredited Mediator since 2014. After graduating from UNAM, Matildah worked in different capacities including Principal Legal Officer in the Office of the Prosecutor General, Senior Litigating Lawyer and as Director and Head of Commercial and Conveyancing Department with Sisa Namandje Inc & Co. She sits on a number boards in the private and public sector.
... grew up in Washington, DC. He obtained his BS degree in Chemistry from Morehouse College and an MBA from the Ross School of Business. Agai has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, in Luderitz, Namibia and has worked in HIV prevention, training and development in 14 countries in east and southern Africa. In the US, Agai has worked with in Project and Program Management with AARP, the William Davidson Institute and Population Services International. Currently, Agai is responsible for Sales and Marketing with a US based Beauty Business and has business interest in South Africa. He married with two Children and enjoys Chess and Strategy.
... is a Public Health Specialist with over 15 years work experience with the Government/Ministry of Health and Social Services, Family Health International, UNICEF and WHO in the area of adolescent health, maternal health, prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), voluntary medical male circumcision, and HIV prevention, care and support. Taimi has years of experience in public health program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation coupled with strong managerial, teambuilding, advocacy, resource mobilization and policy development skills. Her qualifications include Nursing and Midwifery Science from the University of Namibia, MPH from the University of South Carolina, a post-graduate certificate in Integrated Marketing Communication for Behavioral Impact in Health and Social Development from New York University. She also possesses a post-graduate certificate in Social and Behavioral Research from Harvard University and currently completing a Doctoral Degree in Public Health from the University at Albany, State University of New York.
The programmes are implemented in 14 regions of the country. SFH has regional offices in Walvis Bay (Erongo), Rundu (Kavango East), Windhoek (Khomas), Outapi (Omusati), Oshikango (Ohangwena), Ongwediva (Oshana), Grootfontein (Otjozondjupa), KatimaMulilo (Zambezi) and Keetmanshoop (//Karas)