Health Sector

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About the Region

The total population is 147078 according to the 2001 census with a yearly growth rate of 2.6%).

Population per age group:

Under 1 year: 4411

Under 5 year: 20589

Women of childbearing age:(15-49) 35299

Aged people (60 and above):

Disabled people: 5883

The agriculture, hunting and forestry sectors employ most of the region’s economically active population. This is attributed to a strong cattle-producing sector in both commercial and communal farming areas as well as to a well organized and established hunting farm sector. However, cattle farming remain the most important economic activity. The availability of elements such as lime, fluorspar, manganese and copper offer a number of processing opportunities, such as the manufacturing of cement and industrial lime. Tourism is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the region, with development of guest and hunting farms and lodges becoming increasingly popular.

Main Health Challenges

  • Tuberculosis
  • Malaria
  • Orphanhood
  • Domestic violence


To ensure efficient regional management

To improve quality of health services in all hospitals

To provide quality primary health care service

To improve developmental social welfare services in the

Main Output Areas

  • General and Functional Management
  • Developmental Social Welfare Services
  • Public Health Services
  • Hospital Services
  • General Support Services

The division is responsible for providing administrative support in terms of:

  • Office and General Services
  • Logistic and Facility Management
  • Finance and Social Accounts
  • Human Resource Management
  • Public & Environmental Health 

The Division is reponsible for uplifting public health including the following:

  • Port Health
  • Sanitation
  • Vector-borne disease control
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Public hygiene and environmental pollution
  • Infectious disease control
  • Food safety and hygiene
  • Family Health Services

The division covers the following:

  • Safe motherhood and newborn care
  • Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), Family Planning, Antenatal Care (ANC), Post Natal Care (PNC)
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Community Based Health Care and Outreach services

School and Adolescent Health Program

  • Mental health
  • Control of Diarrhea Diseases (CDD)
  • Non-communicable diseases control
  • Acute Respiratory Infections control
  • Rehabilitation & Social Welfare Services

The main function of the social sector is to ensure a healthy and safe environment, aimed at improving the living standards of the disadvantaged and to protect the rights and dignity of those affected by prejudice and abuse.

Rehabilitation services include physiotherapy and occupational health services.

Curative Services

The division is responsible for the provision of Nursing, pharmaceutical and dental services.

Special Disease Program

The special disease program deals with the following programs:

  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Malaria

Management Information System (MIS)

The division is responsible for managing of information for evidence-based planning, monitoring and evaluation. This is done through the development of a sound MIS that provides information on financial, epidemiological, pharmaceutical, capital development and maintenance of facilities, human resource development, research and surveys.

Multi-Regional Technical Workshop

This division is responsible for the management and maintenance of medical equipments for three directorates (Otjozondjupa, Kunene and Erongo).

Multi-Regional Information Technology Services

This division is responsible for management and maintenance of information technology services such computers, e-mail and internet services for three directorates (Otjozondjupa, Kunene and Erongo).

District Health and Social Welfare Services x 4: Grootfontein, Okakarara, Okahandja and Otjiwarongo

The divisions are responsible for the co-ordination, management and implementation of activities at the district levels, which includes all the activities run by clinics, health centers and the district hospital.

Health & Social Welfare Facilities

Otjozondjupa region has one District Hospital in each district, two Health Centers and fifteen clinics.


Ms. Maria F. Kavezembi
Private Bag 2612
Tel No: +264 67 300800 / 11
Fax No: +264 67 302078
Cel No: +264 811 295 983