Namibia: Growing Stronger, Together –

The Covid-19 pandemic has shed an uncomfortable but important light on the difficulties dealt to our healthcare systems globally and within Namibia.

We have mourned far too many souls lost to this terrible disease. As we work together to combat this virus, we must not lose sight of our mission to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. It is why the theme for World Population Day 2021 is: “Whether baby boom or bust, the solution lies in prioritising the reproductive health and rights for all people”.

UNFPA-Namibia appreciates the progress that the Government of the Republic of Namibia and our implementing partners have already accomplished, and we look forward to continuing to team up with these leaders in responding to fertility and demographic shifts, as well as prioritising the sexual and reproductive health and rights for all people, including through their access to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Unfortunately, whether in Namibia or abroad, Covid has impacted women’s ability to access sexual and reproductive health services. During the pandemic, disruptions in sexual and reproductive health services have intensified.

According to the Namibian Police, 5 132 cases of gender-based violence (GBV) against women were reported from April 2020 to March 2021, of which 21% were rape or sexual assault against young people.

Additionally, the teen pregnancy rate has jumped in the past five years, with 3,676 young women falling pregnant in 2021 – a 24% increase from the 2 962 cases reported in 2016.