WHO Director-General meets with Pohamba

22 Jul 2014 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUL (NAMPA) - Namibia’s socio-economic development progress is very impressive, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan says.
Chan is in Namibia to attend the eighth ‘Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa conference’ underway in Windhoek.
During a courtesy call on President Hifikepunye Pohamba at State House on Monday, she noted that Namibia, like all other countries, has challenges, but overall the country's progress is very impressive.
“Of course you have become a victim of your own success because you are now classified as a middle-income country and by that definition, many development partners will say they are going to gradually take their development assistance to the least-developed countries (LDC),” said Chan.
She informed Pohamba that this kind of action, referring to assistance being withdrawn, needs to be done carefully, gradually and in consultation with the affected country because the Ministry of Finance of the given country also needs to ensure that it gradually increases the health budget.
“I have been talking to all development partners, saying they can’t exit in a fast manner. This is something we really need to think about ahead of time, especially with regards to the post-2015 development agenda,” she added.
Chan further highlighted Namibia’s “excellent” work in HIV, tuberculosis (TB), malaria prevention and maternal and child health.
The WHO senior official also thanked Pohamba and First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba for being advocates for cancer awareness and prevention in Namibia.
On his part, President Pohamba thanked her for coming to Namibia in person to attend the conference.
“It is a great honour for us as a country. We were thinking that you might send somebody, but you decided to come yourself,” he said.
The President also said he is happy with the good cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the WHO.