USAID donates N.dollars 240 000 to Tonata

OSHAKATI: America’s Ambassador to Namibia, Thomas Daughton says his government wants to empower Namibians to find Namibian solutions to the challenges faced by the country.

He said this at Oshakati in the Oshana Region, where the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Management Sciences for Health, donated N.dollars 240 000 to Tonata, an organisation for HIV/AIDS infected/affected people, on Wednesday.

With funding from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Daughton said the US government supports the project and many other Namibian projects that intend to build the capacity of local organisations working on the frontlines of the HIV epidemic.

“With the improved capacity, we can together reduce the scourge of HIV and ultimately achieve an AIDS-free generation in Namibia,” the US diplomat said.

Speaking at the same event, governor Clemens Kashuupulwa of the Oshana Region said the impact caused by HIV/AIDS in the region is still of great concern.

He said the number of people living with HIV is increasing, especially among young people, despite the efforts being made to deal with HIV.

“However there is hope, with the introduction of antiretroviral treatment services and pre-exposure prevention provided at hospitals and health centres, many people living with HIV are able to lead healthy lives,” said Kashuupulwa.

Coordinator of Tonata, Nehemia Paulus pointed out that his organisation has a membership of 400 support groups of some 9 000 people infected or affected by HIV in northern Namibia.

The organisation was established in 2003.