We recently had our global health fitness mission in Windhoek, Namibian, in partnership with One Economy Foundation. One Economy Foundation is an organization founded by the First Lady of Namibia, Monica Geingos, which aims to build a bridge of economic opportunity between the dual economy. We lead group fitness class and performed biometric health screenings, as can be seen in the video below.
Namibia is a large and sparsely populated country in the southern part of Africa, with only 2.5 million people. On its west coast, there’s the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean. Windhoek is the capital city.
Namibia’s Health Profile
In Namibia, the government funds most of the healthcare. The country has a dual system of public (serving 85% of the population) and private (15%) health care providers. Namibia has made progress in the last decades when it comes to general health and communicable diseases, but despite this progress, HIV/AIDS still is one of the big reasons for health loss in the country. In recent year, about 9% of the country’s GDP accounted for government and private health expenditure. The world average is 9.9%.
Namibia has the three major health financing sources:
- The general government revenue at 54% of total health expenditure (THE)
- Employers’ contributions to private medical aid schemes (at 11% of THE)
- Household contributions through pre-payments and out of pocket payments (at 16% of THE)
According to the most current available date from CDC, the Top 10 Causes of Death in Namibia are:
- Lower Respiratory Infections
- Ischemic Heart Disease
- Cerebral Vascular Disease
- Diarrheal Diseases
- Road Injuries
- Neonatal Preterm
It also worth noting that life expectancy at birth is: W 67/M 62 yrs. Infant mortality rate is: 39/1000 live births.