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Ministry of Health to commemorate World AIDS Day in the Khomas Region

Ministry of Health to commemorate World AIDS Day in the Khomas Region

The Ministry of Health and Social Service (MoHSS) will join the rest of the world in the commemoration of the 2019 World AIDS Day (WAD) which routinely takes place on 1 December.

This years’ commemoration will be hosted by the Khomas region and will take place on 2 December with support from civil society and development partners.

The Ministry in a statement said that this year’s commemoration of World AIDS Day will be conducted under the global theme, ‘Communities make the difference’, under the UNAIDS and aligned with the national sub-theme, ‘accelerating efforts towards epidemic control and ending AIDS in Namibia by 2030′.

“The theme is backed by the UNAIDS emphasising that the strong advocacy role played by communities is needed more than ever to ensure the uptake of HIV prevention services which is essential in achieving the 90-90-90 targets,” added the Ministry.

The theme is said to also empower young people to make informed choices about HIV prevention, so that they can protect themselves and their loved ones.

“The 2019 WAD commemoration will be conducted as a build up activity to the first ever Khomas Regional AIDS conference (KRAC) that is scheduled to take place from 2 to 4 December,” they said.

The Namibia Population Based HIV Impact Assessment (NAMPHIA) which was a cross sectional household based survey was conducted between June and December 2017 to assess the progress of Namibia’s national HIV response.

he survey reported a national HIV prevalence of 12.6% among adults aged 15-64 years in 2017, while Khomas Region’s HIV prevalence stood at 8.3%.

Namibia has made significant strides in responding the HIV epidemic with 86% of people HIV positive knowing their HIV status, 96% of the known HIV positive are on treatment and 91% of those on treatment are virally suppressed.

Despite the progress a high level of pretreatment HIV drug resistance has been observed promoting the review of the first line ART to include integrase inhibitors.


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Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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


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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.