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Expansion of U.S. food assistance to drought-affected Namibians
February 18, 2020

U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson and Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila joined the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in the country’s Oshana Region on 17 February 2020 to deliver more than 85 tons of maize meal, beans, and vegetable oil to more than 12,000 vulnerable Namibians that are affected by the drought. 

Food Assistance distribution in Namibia
December 13, 2019

Yesterday, U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson joined the UN World Food Programme, the Honorable Governor of Kavango East, and the Office of the Prime Minister to deliver several tons of maize meal, beans, vegetable oil, and salt to Namibians among those hit worst by the drought.  This is the first food assistance of a total of US$8.7 million (N$130 million) in drought relief committed by the United States to the Namibian people.

November 18, 2019

U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson launched the new PEPFAR-funded voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) program “SAFE VMMC” in Namibia.  The up to five-year, US$33.5 million program is led by USAID and the Ministry of Health and Social Services.  Through the VMMC program, implementer Abt Associates will expand voluntary medical male circumcision services to reach Namibian men across 11 regions.

November 14, 2019

I am very pleased to join you today to announce an expansion in the support that the United States government provides the Ministry of Health in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  Today, we are launching a new program that will make voluntary circumcision available to even more men and boys throughout Namibia.

Onkani Village
September 12, 2019

On 05 September 2019, U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson together with USAID Southern Africa Regional Mission Director, John Groarke, and USAID Country Representative Dr. Randy Kolstad visited Onkani Village in Namibia’s Omusati Region to celebrate the establishment of more than 300 Community Adherence Groups (CAGs) with over 3,200 members that receive their HIV medication (ARV) at their communities instead of having to individually collect them at a health facility.