Significance of AMR surveillance, data cannot be overstated

Many countries, including Namibia, face challenges in strengthening antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance capabilities and laboratory infrastructure, which hampers data collection for informed decisions.

Thus, the World Health Organisation's (WHO) training on global antimicrobial resistance and the use of surveillance systems in Windhoek aims to strengthen and enhance national surveillance systems.

Suicide, suicide attempts on the rise in Namibia

Health and Social Services Minister Dr. Kalumbi Shangula says his ministry is ready to extend its services to those in need, as suicide statistics over the past year paint a grim picture of depression in Namibia.

The number of deaths by suicide and suicide attempts is on the rise.

Of the 623 cases recorded over the past year, including teens and minors, 82% are male.

Dr. Shangula says the rising suicide rate can, to a large extent, be explained by untreated mental health conditions.