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Paramedics profession on a tangent

Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, MVA Fund CEO (centre front), Brandon Diergaardt (centre back), with the ten future paramedics who received bursaries form the MVA Fund. (Photograph by Mandisa Rasmeni)

Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, MVA Fund CEO (centre front), Brandon Diergaardt (centre back), with the ten future paramedics who received bursaries form the MVA Fund. (Photograph by Mandisa Rasmeni)

The MVA Fund awarded bursaries to ten young Namibians to pursue their studies as Paramedics at the Polytechnic of Namibia. The total bursary value comes to N$1.4 million. The ten new medical professionals will each receive N$35,000 per year for a period of four years.
Mrs Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, MVA Fund CEO said that this investment serves as a contribution to national development as it not only ensures that road crash survivors receive a high level of care, but also builds national skills in the pre-hospital environment to ensure that medical emergencies are attended to by qualified paramedics to preserve life.

Martins-Hausiku encouraged the students to utilise this opportunity to contribute to saving lives saying that learning is a life-long journey. She encouraged them to study hard and put their acquired skills to good use. She added that because Namibia lacks qualified paramedics, the Fund approached the Polytechnic of Namibia in 2008 to set up a Medical Emergency Care Department.
Brandon Diergaardt, a previous recipient of this bursary encouraged the students to work hard adding that this is only the beginning, they still have four more years to go.
He advised them to be diligent in their studies and not to disappoint their parents. So far 64 students have benefited from this scheme, at a cost of N$5 million including the 10 for the 2014 academic intake. In 2011 there were only 400 registered Emergency Care Practitioners.

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