WINDHOEK: The Namibia Medical Care (NMC) Medical Aid Fund donated two mobile clinics at the tune of N.dollars 1.3 million to Mister Sister Mobile Health Service on Friday.
Mister Sister, which is a public-private-partnership (PPP) with the Ministry of Health and Social Service, takes primary health care to rural communities, farmworkers and vulnerable people in remote areas of Namibia.
At the handing over ceremony, NMC Principle Officer Alison Begley noted that in addition to the donation, the fund also donates funds towards the operating cost of the clinics.
“We trust that this project will grow in strength and gain great momentum in bringing medical care to those who need it, as every Namibian has the right to accessible, quality healthcare,” she stressed.
According to Begley, NMC is also proud to support Vision 2030 by forming a PPP with PharmAccess to support Mister Sister in bringing healthcare to the rural areas and lower income groups of Namibia, and to contribute as an effective and involved corporate social citizen.
The Mister Sister clinics are managed by PharmAccess Foundation Namibia, a not-for-profit organisation.
Begley said the two mobile clinics will be deployed in the Khomas region commencing as from 06 August 2012.
The volumes of participating employers contributing towards the costs of providing these services to their employees, together with local corporate soical responsibility contributions will determine the long term sustainability of the programme.
Meanwhile, at the same occasion, Director: Primary Health Care Services in the Ministry of Health and Social Services Margaret Nghatanga said in order to improve health care delivery services, the ministry has many ways in doing this.
Amongst all those strategies, she said outreach services through mobile clinics are one of them.
“The ministry through its policy of community-based health care and also through outreach guideline, emphasis is put on working with our partners in development,” she noted.
Nghatanga applauded Mister Sister for their success of reaching a target of over 5 000 people in Otjozondjupa and Omaheke Regions providing regular primary health care services.
The mobile units are custom build and designed with all the amenities to provide medical services. Both are licensed as clinics and have two separate consulting rooms each.
The Mister Sister Mobile Primary Health Care Clinics was launched in Okahandja on 15 June 2011 with the financial support of the Heineken Africa Foundation, through the Ohlthaver and List Group of Companies and Namibia Breweries Limited.
Technical assistance to the programme is provided through PharmAccess funded by the Health Insurance Fund and further support is provided by the Namibia Business Coalition on AIDS (NABCOA) and the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP).