The German aid organisations I.S.A.R. Germany, humedica and CADUS deployed a medical team to Namibia from the 17th of October until the 30th of October 2020.

As part of a COVID-19 support mission of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the medical experts supported the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) of the south-west African country to contain the spread of COVID-19. The so-called Emergency Medical Team (EMT) consists of 13 members (8 from ISAR Germany). This includes physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists.

The German EMT mission in Namibia is logistically and financially supported by a twinning project between the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Robert Koch Institute. This twinning project, which began in early 2020, is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) as part of the Global Health Protection Program (GHPP). The long-term goal is to set up a “Namibia Public Health Institute” to strengthen the Namibian health system and to be better prepared for pandemics and epidemics such as COVID-19.

According to the official request from MoHSS the main mission objectives were:

  • Shadowing support to local health care workers in treatment of severe Covid19 patients in hospitals.
  • Provision of on-the-job COVID19 training to health care workers.
  • Guidance on triage and referral management procedures to identify priority cases.
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