Since gaining independence in 1990, Namibia has enjoyed relative stability. However, much of the country is desert, and with a young population – over half are under the age of 20 – the search for jobs has left rural areas sparsely inhabited and underserved. Namibia also has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world, making this a major public health concern for the country.

Episcopal Relief & Development works with the Anglican Diocese of Namibia’s Anglican AIDS Program (AAP) to improve health and well-being in northern rural areas. The program works through local churches to facilitate support groups made up of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, volunteer caregivers and any other interested members of the community. These groups discuss health issues, coordinate home-based care and work on reducing social stigma and discrimination based on health status. 

Additionally, following a peer learning exchange visit with the Diocese of Angola’s Mothers’ Union in Luanda, AAP established Savings with Education groups to enable members to build their personal savings and access a rotating loan fund to invest in small business endeavors. This economic empowerment and integration of people living with HIV/AIDS is essential in strengthening relationships and the community as a whole.

Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities 

  • Establishing Savings with Education groups to support personal development and economic empowerment
  • Empowering entrepreneurs through micro-finance services, financial literacy and business training

Promoting Health and Fighting Disease

  • Reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS by providing services, promoting awareness and fighting discrimination

Namibia Press Releases & Stories

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Fast Facts

HIV/AIDS has crippled Namibia’s workforce, causing more than 50% of all deaths of people ages 15-29.

Namibia suffers from high income inequality, with relative national wealth from mineral extraction while most people rely on subsistence agriculture for survival.
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