Namibia Women’s Health Network

Namibia Women’s Health Network (NWHN) is a organisation of women living with HIV created by 14 women that participated in the Parliamentarians for Women’s Health project in 2005 to 2008. The seeds for NWHN were born out of ICW Namibia, the Namibia branch of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS. The important work that came out of ICW Namibia highlighted the importance of having a Namibia‐based organization that could work with the national and local government and civil society organizations to address the most pressing issues for HIV positive women in Namibia.

Namibia Women’s Health Network (NWHN) is a organisation of women living with HIV created by 14 women that participated in the Parliamentarians for Women’s Health project in 2005 to 2008. The seeds for NWHN were born out of ICW Namibia, the Namibia branch of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS. The important work that came out of ICW Namibia highlighted the importance of having a Namibia‐based organization that could work with the national and local government and civil society organizations to address the most pressing issues for HIV positive women in Namibia.

The NWHN was formed by active members of ICW-Namibia, and is led by the ex ICW-Namibia country Program Coordinator. NWHN was registered with the Regional AIDS Coordination Committee (RACOC) in 2008. NWHN has grown into a national organisation that currently connects 1574 members from the 13 regions of Namibia, and a steering committee of 26 young women, with two women representing each region. The membership comprises;

• 700 older positive women between the ages 30 ‐ 58
• 674 young positive women between the ages 16 to 30
• 66 older women not infected but affected by HIV and AIDS
• 134 young women not infected or not knowing their status
• a large base of volunteers (26 young women +13 support group leaders) that have made a significant contribution to the fight against HIV and AIDS and women’s health violations.
• 17 Support group representation in all the 13 regions of Namibia.

NWHN is an affiliate of the International Community of Women Living with HIV and AIDS and operates in cooperation with CRIAA SA-DC in order to pool resources with a well-established NGO in Namibia. NWHN has forged partnerships within the country and with other regional and international NGOs to support its advocacy on forced/coerced sterilization of positive women.

A partnership was built between NWHN founders and CRIAA SA-DC through the role that CRIAA SA-DC played by assisting with the administration of the organization. The 14 founders of NWHN unanimously agreed to have CRIAA SA-DC as their institutional host.

Contacts

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