German non-profit donates N$1.8 million medical equipment

A non-profit organization based in Ulm, called Germany Support Ulm eV, has donated medical equipment worth more than N$ 1.8 million to the health ministry.

The donation was made under the management and guidance of Prof. Dr Heinz Maier and was handed over by Rudolf Coetzee, general administration manager of Ohorongo Cement.

Deputy minister of Health and Social Services Dr Esther Muinjangue received the donation on 24 June 2022.

The donation includes 59 hospital beds and mattresses, 20 bedside tables, an operating table and various other items.

Support Ulm eV was established by a group of medical doctors, who made it their aim to support medical projects throughout the world.

They support various projects by means of financial and humanitarian means as well as through donations.

As a result of a Technical Corporation Agreement between Support Ulm eV, the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust and the health ministry, they delivered medical equipment as prioritised by the ministry to complement the existing medical facilities and ensure excellent medical care in public health facilities.

“I am happy to confirm that since the establishment of the partnership in 2009, we have spent over N$71.8 million supporting a whole number of social projects – and out of this, thanks to Support Ulm eV, more than N$59.2 million was on medical supplies and equipment. This includes today’s donation,” said Coetzee.

Muinjangue expressed her profound gratitude on behalf of the government and the people of Namibia to Support ULM eV for the medical supplies.

The continuous support of medical supplies comes at a crucial time when the entire world is experiencing economic hardship; Hence, the global support is highly appreciated in the spirit of solidarity as to overcome the economic adversity and equally defeat the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

β€œHealth care service delivery should be a global collective effort; Hence, the support from the people of the Republic of Germany, through Support ULM eV and Ohorongo Cement Pty Ltd, is a good testimony of international collective solidarity. Thank you for making a difference through your compassion and generosity,” said Muinjangue.

This private public partnership in the public health sector serves to narrow the gap caused by resource constraints as well as improve access to quality health services.

The donation, especially the beds, is aimed at providing further relief to the Namibian healthcare system.