This project will raise funds to support 200 volunteers involved in a health education campaign educating the community how to prevent and manage Hepatitis E at the community level in Ohangewana, Oshikoto, Khomas, Oshana and Omusati regions of Namibia. The campaign is in response to the outbreak of Hepatitis E in the Khomas region since October 2017 with over 900 cases confirmed and six deaths registered thus far. The outbreak has caused huge anxiety and panic in the communities.
Namibia is affected by an outbreak of Hepatitis E since October 2017. as a result, over 900 cases have been confirmed with 6 deaths reported in the Khomas region. Havana and Goreaganb informal settlements are the most affected suburbs. This situation requires intensification of health education, focusing on personal and environmental hygiene and food preparation and handling. There is poor sanitation in affected areas and the community needs to be educated to stop the spread of the disease.
The project will provide training and necessary resources to 200 volunteer community home-based care providers to enable them to intensify health education in Khomas, Oshikoto, Oshana, Ohangwena and Omusati regions of Namibia in order to prevent and manage Hepatitis E cases at the community level. The volunteers will target households and individuals with health education, focusing on personal and environmental hygiene. They will educate the community on proper food preparation and handling.
The long-term impact of the project will be increased awareness within the community on how to prevent and manage Hepatitis E cases at the community level. Over 5,000 households and 50,000 individuals will be reached during the project period of 12 months. By creating awareness and helping to maintain higher standards of personal and environmental hygiene the project will in the long term promote community health and improve overall health in the community.