This 2015 photograph depicts Associate Director for Southern Africa, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) medical epidemiologist, Catherine McLean, M.D. (seated in foreground), and Senior Public Health Advisor, Hussain Baseer (standing at far left), meeting with CDC-Namibia’s community based partner, Development AID from People to People (DAPP). This gathering took place at Namibia’s Oshakati Hospital, where the group discussed their home-based HIV testing, and patient tracking programs.
In close corporation with the Ministry of Health and Social Services, 40 Field Officers from the Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) program are doing door-to-door HIV counselling and testing. During August and September, 2012, 6,178 people were reached. In Namibia, it is now possible for people to be tested in their homes. DAPP-Namibia is piloting this HIV/AIDS Home Testing and Counselling (HTC) program in the two regions of Kavango, and Oshana, as part of a cooperation agreement which included the Government of Namibia’s, Ministry of Health and Social Services’ Department of National HIV HTC.
For more on DAPP, or CDC’s role in Namibia, see the links below.