The Dogg throws weight behind NAMPHIA survey

WINDHOEK, Oct. 16 – Multi-award winning Namibian musical icon Martin Morocky, popularly known as ‘The Dogg’ has sent social media into a frenzy after posting pictures in which he stands in front of a NAMPHIA project banner.

Namibia Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment Survey was launched earlier this year in May in Windhoek. The first survey of such magnitude conducted in Namibia, NAMPHIA is a voluntary household-based survey that focuses on generating population-based data on HIV, enabling a better understanding on the impact of HIV response in the country, and help in guiding policy and funding priorities in an attempt to improve health programs and resources.

Ever vocal in issues that involve HIV/AIDS and the youth, The Dogg is also an ambassador to the Ministry of Health and Social Services and in this particular project, he will serve to assist in mobilisation, especially among young men given his ambassador status.

His Facebook picture had the caption:

“NAMPHIA will help the government, its partners and the public to know how many people are currently infected with HIV, how many people have new infections and how many people with HIV are on effective treatment.

This information will help the government and its partners to target programs and resources to the people most in need of services.
Taking part in the survey is voluntary. But being part of the survey will help you, your family and Namibia.”

At the launch of the survey in the capital, Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Bernard Haufiku said that the study involves not only adult males and females, but also infants and children and called for communities and people to open up and participate for a national cause.

While checking for incidents of HIV, the Prevalence of HIV and Viral Load levels at community levels, he also added that it was high-time Namibia incorporated a population-based survey more than a decade after the World Health Organisation had recommended that countries adopt the trend.

Haufiku said: “It will also inform us, policy makers and program managers and faders alike, as to how many people in different communities have been exposed to HIV services in Namibia.
“Namphia is a welcome and long overdue process as WHO has already recommended population-based study back in 2005.”

Currently, teams are conducting the survey in and around Ohangwena Oshikango and Luderitz, while a re-visit of regions where there was limited access will also occur in Khomas, Erongo, Hardap and Zambezi.

A community mobiliser interviews a senior participant

Barring any obstacles, data collection could be complete by the end of November 2017.

The survey is supported by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) – Sharma Mundingi