Namibia Sanitation and Hygiene Program

To raise awareness about the benefits of washing with soap and of improved sanitation. To raise awareness about the benefits of washing with soap and of improved sanitation. Copyright GlaxoSmithKline

What are the health needs and challeneges?

Nearly 1.3 million of Namibia's population of just over 2 million do not have access to proper toilet facilities, including 84% of all people living in rural areas. Diarrhea is the second highest cause of pediatric admissions in Namibia and is responsible for more than 30% of deaths in children under the age of five. In order to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Namibian government's aim for 2015 is to ensure that at least 62% of people will have access to adequate sanitation.

Description of partnership activities and how they meet needs and challenges

In line with GlaxoSmithKline's Corporate Social Responsibility commitment to support the MDGs (especially those focused on child survival), a partnership agreement was signed in October 2008 during the first ever Global Handwashing Day, with UNICEF, Ministry of Health & Social Services of Namibia and GSK. GSK committed GBP 125,000 to this project of the period 2008-09.

The project goal is to support the development of a National sanitation promotion campaign, and a National policy, strategy and action plan on Sanitation & Hygiene Promotion in Namibia. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness about the benefits of hand washing and improved sanitation. The campaign has two major components; firstly, to target the entire population, with a focus on mothers and other caregivers of children under the age of five, and secondly, to focus specifically on schools and school-age children, who themselves are often caregivers of their younger siblings

Partnership information

Company(ies) GlaxoSmithKline

Partner(s) Namibia Ministry of Health, UNICEF

Type of Partner(s) Government, IGOs

Therapeutic Focus Women and Children's Health, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Disease(s) Adolescent Health, Children's Health, Cholera, Malnutrition, Rotavirus, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Financial Support, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) Children, Mothers

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Namibia

Start Date 2008

More information UNICEF

Completed date 2010