CESTAS ends activities in Namibia

04 Dec 2013 19:30pm
OUTAPI, 04 DEC (NAMPA) - An HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) management project called CESTAS ended officially with the donation of 50 bicycles and money to the home-based health care providers of the Omusati Region at Outapi on Wednesday.
The Centre for Health Education and Appropriate Health Technologies (CESTAS) project was financially supported by the Italian government. Home-based health care volunteers and officials from all over the Omusati Region gathered at Outapi for the closing of the project and to witness the donation of the bicycles and N.dollars 60 000.
Speaking during the closing event, CESTAS country representative Fransesco Zatta said the project has contributed to the improvement of HIV/AIDS and TB programmes by training a number of home-based health volunteers and health officials on the management of HIV/AIDS and TB cases since its introduction in 2006.
Zatta pointed out that the Italian government, through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has invested about N.dollars 20 million in the project.
The regions of Omusati and Otjozondjupa, Zatta said, are the two Namibian regions covered by CESTAS and hundreds of volunteers and Health and Social Services Ministry officials were trained.
The volunteers and officials were trained to master mainly the management of HIV/AIDS and TB cases and guidelines.
“The project has also strengthened collaboration between the nurses and volunteers on the management of HIV/AIDS and TB,” said Zatta.
Speaking at the same event, CESTAS coordinator for the Omusati Region, Albanus Natangwe stated that the project was about supporting national programmes to fight HIV/AIDS and TB by providing training and finances.
He pointed out that the project has donated a total of 123 bicycles and 300 health care kits to the volunteers.
“The project winds up its activities on Saturday, but we the Namibians have to take it over,” Natangwe noted.