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Region specific Positive Parenting training commences

Region specific Positive Parenting training commences

As part of the Adolescent Girls and Young Women’s (AGYW) programme with funding from Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the Society for Family Health (SFH) Country Director, Taimi Amaambois opened the first of its kind Positive Parenting training in Otjiwarongo this week.

Amaambois commended the multi-sectoral collaboration to drive this project which is currently rolling out training’s on Positive Parenting. Participants at the training include Program Officers from the Society for Family Health, Community Health Facilitators, and health providers from the Ministry of Health and Social Services from Omaheke, Zambezi, Kavango East and West, Omusati and Kunene region.

On her behalf, the Regional Health Director for the Otjozondjupa Region, Maria Kavezembi, reiterated that the national concern for the Adolescent girl-child is based on evidence and estimates that adolescents, especially young women, have HIV incidence rates much higher than men in their own peer age group with 76% per cent of all new infections is estimated to be among women.

The overall aim of the Girls and Young Women’s program is to reduce the vulnerability of the adolescent girl-child to HIV infection, unplanned pregnancies and other related social determinants such as keeping girls in schools by avoiding pregnancies, HIV infection, supporting adolescents living with HIV with life skills and related services for positive living.

Amaambois said it is a huge responsibility when interventions are designed with the objectives of training and equipping participants with skills on how to build positive relationships with children and adolescents using various communication skills; and to enable them to provide a supportive and user-friendly, client oriented service with respects to the privacy of parents and their children including adolescents living with HIV.

“I therefore humbly ask that we all recommit to support young girls and adolescents, that we seriously examine our focus, that we scale up our intervention programs, ensure a mix of the interventions we are implementing and most importantly ensure a continuous intensity,” Amaambois said.

Ensuring greater access to comprehensive adolescent-friendly sexual and reproductive health services and addressing gender-based violence was also found to minimise the multiple factors impacting on adolescent poor school attendance and school dropouts.

Among these include limited information to and access to sexual and reproductive health services.

The MoHSS 2012 HIV data showed that about 43 % of new infections took place in the age group 15–24. Furthermore, of these new infections, 67% are estimated to be among young women aged 15–24, indicating that women and girls are most vulnerable.

“There is low uptake of HIV Testing Service by adolescents aged 15-19 at 14& 29% among males and females respectively. In addition, by this age, 45 & 43 % of males and females respectively have already had sexual intercourse.”

Currently, government and community organisations with support from multi and bi-lateral organizations are implementing multiple interventions targeted towards adolescents including OVCs in selected regions.

These interventions range from school-based and extra-curricular life skills education, youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services, HIV Testing and Counselling services and other prevention approaches.

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.