NUST HIV/AIDS Awareness and Wellness Campaign 2019

Good morning! It is my pleasure to be here with you all today. The Namibia University of Science and Technology’s annual HIV/AIDS and Wellness Campaign is a great way for us to share information and increase our knowledge about HIV. This year’s theme, ‘Knowledge is Power,’ is appropriate because when we know more, we are …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson at the AGOA Public Launch

One of my top priorities as U.S. Ambassador is to increase U.S.-Namibia trade and investment in order to create prosperity for both our countries. Since 2000, the African Growth and Opportunity Act, known as AGOA has served as the cornerstone of U.S. economic engagement with Africa. AGOA has helped create hundreds of thousands of jobs …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson at the Community Adherence Groups Milestone

We are here today with the Yambidhidha Community Adherence Group to celebrate an important achievement: more than 3,200 people in eight health districts now receive their HIV medication through Tonata’s 322 Community Adherence Groups! If it were not for the Community Adherence Groups, many of those people would face difficulties in obtaining their medication and …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson at the launch of the Namibia National ART Guidelines

Launch for the National Guidelines for Antiretroviral Therapy, the Paediatric and Adolescents ART Package, and the CBART Evaluation report Today is an exciting day. These new guidelines are making important changes in the way HIV positive patients will receive care and treatment. We also are launching several documents to support the Pediatric and Adolescents HIV …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson at Fourth of July Celebration

Good afternoon, and welcome! Today, I am delighted to celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America among friends here in Namibia. You honor us by joining us.  Thank you. I also want to thank the Old Wheelers Club for the fantastic venue and food, and our sponsors for their …

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Visit to Namibia by Matthew Harrington, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

Scroll down for full remarks by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Windhoek – The U.S. Department of State’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Matthew Harrington, visited Namibia during the week of June 17-21, with engagements covering the broad U.S.-Namibia partnership.  DAS Harrington served as the Deputy Chief of …

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VMMC Milestone & Handover Event

Good morning and welcome! I am very pleased and proud to join you for this important milestone event, which tells yet another Namibian success story. 150,000!  This is the magic number we are celebrating today. We are celebrating 150,000 smart male Namibians who have volunteered to get the “smart cut.” Under the leadership and guidance …

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U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson Remarks at the U.S. Peace Corps Group 49 Swearing-In Ceremony

Good morning!  It is a great pleasure to be in Okahandja again to swear in the next generation of U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers in Namibia, and also to convey America’s appreciation for the support this community provides to the Peace Corps. To the Group 49 Trainees, it is wonderful to see you again and I …

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U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson remarks at the PEPFAR Media Information Session

Thank you for attending this important media briefing today.  I appreciate your interest in this life-saving work that the United States government undertakes jointly with the Namibian government. The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was enacted on May 27, 2003, and began its work in Namibia in 2005.Our commitment remains unwavering. …

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African Center for Strategic Studies’ Whole-of-Africa Maritime Dialogue

I would like to join with others in welcoming you to the Africa Center for Strategic Studies’ Whole-of-Africa Maritime Dialogue.  My name is Peter Lord, and I am the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy here in Windhoek. The United States has long been committed to working with Africa to help African states …

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Announcement of the New MoHSS-CDC 5 year Cooperative Agreement

Remarks by the U.S. Ambassador to Namibia, Ms. Lisa Johnson and CDC Country Director, Dr. Eric Dziuban at the announcement of the new MoHSS-CDC 5 year cooperative agreement U.S. Ambassador to Namibia, Ms. Lisa Johnson Good morning – I am thrilled to be here with you today. The U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Health …

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TIP National Referral Mechanism Launch

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson at the TIP National Referral Mechanism Launch Good morning, and thank you for inviting me to join you for the launch of the Trafficking in Persons National Referral Mechanism and awareness-raising campaign. I am honored to join the Namibian government as it launches a key component of the Combatting …

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World TB Day Commemoration

Dr. Randy Kolstad, USAID Country Representative, Launch of National Guidelines for the Treatment and Management of TB & National Tuberculosis Disease Prevalence Survey It is an honor to join you today in this beautiful Oshakati stadium for this year’s World TB Day commemorations.  Today’s commemorations are part of a worldwide occasion to raise awareness about the …

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Remarks at International Women’s Day by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson

Good morning, and thank you for inviting me to join you in celebration of International Women’s Day. Each of us is here today because we know that empowering women – economically, politically, and socially – is essential to creating sustainable and prosperous societies.  We strongly support Namibia’s theme for this year’s Women’s Day, “empowering people …

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Remarks by CDC Country Director, Dr. Eric Dziuban at the FELTP Graduation

Good morning. It is always a pleasure to speak at a graduation ceremony because of the celebratory feeling that comes with such an event. Having moved to Namibia nearly one year ago, I know I will miss a few weddings and other celebrations back home, but I am so pleased that this is already my …

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Regional Judiciary and Prosecutor Workshop under USAID’s Combating Wildlife Crime Program

Thank you for inviting me to join you here today. Please allow me to begin by acknowledging the important work you all do to safeguard the rule of law across southern Africa and to recognize its linkage to the global wildlife context. Illegal wildlife trade and other forms of transnational organized crime are a critical …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson opening the OMD2030 HUB Market and Community Center

Oranjemund – I’m happy to see such a great turnout for the opening of the OMD2030 Hub Market and Community Center. This project, as many of you know, was supported with funds from the U.S. Embassy through the Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund. The Self-Help Program allows the United States to respond directly to the needs of …

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World AIDS Day Commemoration

For 30 years we have marked World AIDS Day.  On this day we reflect on the impact HIV/AIDS has had on the lives of millions of people around the world.  This day also is a solemn reminder of the many lives lost to HIV/AIDS.  Today in Namibia, however, we have cause for hope and also …

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Launch of Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit

Background information for the implementation of the ICCWC Toolkit and ICCWC Indicator Framework in Namibia (PDF 335 KB) Good morning! I am happy to be a part of this launch of a new project that will help Namibia in its strong efforts to fight wildlife crime. Under the leadership of the Honorable Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, and through collaboration with police, prosecutors, magistrates, the ACC, NGOs, and communities, Namibia is …

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The Importance of Creating A Science Base and A Base for Science: Why Cutting-edge Science Matters

Disease knows no borders. In today’s interconnected world, diseases can spread from an isolated, rural village to any major city in as little as 36 hours. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works 24/7 to protect Americans and save lives around the world by detecting and controlling outbreaks at their source. Critically, …

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PEPFAR Small Grants Handover Ceremony

Thank you all for being at this very important event. Today, we will highlight three organizations that have secured funding from the PEPFAR Small Grants Program. These organizations, based in your communities, are working to support the Ministry of Health and Social Services by bringing additional HIV services to you through community mobilization. For the …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson at the handover of the Akutsima CBART site

Thank you for inviting me here today. I, too, come from a small town, so it is special for me to have the opportunity to visit places such as Akutsima. While quite different from my home town, what is the same is the sense of community. I am telling you this because I want you …

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Remarks: CDC Country Director at the Launch of the National Cervical Cancer Prevention Guidelines

Thank you to the Ministry of Health and Social Services for inviting me to speak at this event today. I know it is a little strange for a man to give remarks at an event about a female cancer. I will never know the fear of this cancer growing in my own body, or the …

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Remarks by the DCM to open TechCamp Namibia

I want to begin by thanking you for participating in TechCamp Namibia. To our regional SADC friends and to our international trainers and experts: thank you for coming to Windhoek. To the large number of Namibians here: thank you for attending and representing such a wide spectrum of local interests. Thank you also to the …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson at the NUST HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign

Today marks the first day of the 2018 Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) HIV/AIDS Wellness Campaign. I trust that all of you have heard a lot about HIV before today.  So I hope you already are well-equipped with information about how you can protect yourselves from contracting HIV, what to do if you …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson at the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Milestone Event

35,000 Clients Reached with Private Sector Support for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Through the leadership of the Honorable Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Bernard Haufiku, Namibia has made great strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS, establishing itself as a global leader. The recent NAMPHIA data are clear testimony to this great achievement …

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U.S. Ambassador remarks at the NAMPHIA Launch

Today is a remarkable day.  The results presented here today show that Namibia is one of the countries leading the world in implementation of a successful national response to end the HIV epidemic. Namibia, I congratulate you.  I especially want to congratulate the women of Namibia for having already achieved the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets two …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson at the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Good morning! I’m pleased to be here to help commemorate the World Day against Trafficking in Persons under today’s theme of responding to the trafficking of children and young people. And I am honored to join the Namibian government in standing in solidarity with all victims of human trafficking and committing to end this abhorrent …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson at the DREAMS milestone event

Today we are celebrating the “DREAMS” program. The name is very appropriate, because through this program, adolescent girls and young women receive the support they need to be Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe. And with this support, they can achieve their dreams. All too often, girls’ dreams are interrupted. Research shows a cycle …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson at Fourth of July Celebration

Good evening, and welcome!  Some of you here may have enjoyed Fourth of July celebrations in the United States, where Americans decorate their homes and streets with red, white, and blue flags and gather as communities to celebrate with picnics, parades, and fireworks. Today, I am delighted to celebrate the 242nd anniversary of U.S. Independence …

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WiSci Namibia 2018 STEAM Camp Empowers Girls

Delivering on the Africa Bureau’s goal to promote inclusive country-led development, the fourth Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM Camp – hosted by the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) – leveraged a unique public-private partnership to educate African and American girls in leadership, science, and technology. The 100 high school girls from Namibia, …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson, Celebrating zero babies infected with HIV under PMTCT programs in selected health facilities

Congratulations to the clinical staff, community workers, Ministry of Health and Social Services, and most importantly, families and children, on achieving zero cases of HIV infection in 2017 among children born to mothers living with HIV who enrolled in mother-baby follow up in this clinic. This site is one of 21 PEPFAR-supported Ministry sites across …

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Southern Africa Regional Cyber Investigations & Electronic Evidence Workshop

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Lisa A. Johnson during the Southern Africa Regional Cyber Investigations & Electronic Evidence Workshop On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek, I would like to welcome all of you to the U.S. Department of Justice’s workshop on investigating cybercrime and collecting electronic evidence. This is a matter of importance and urgency …

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2018 International Women’s Day Reception

Remarks by Ambassador Johnson 2018 International Women’s Day Reception Thank you for joining me this evening to celebrate International Women’s Day, recognized around the world on March 8. March also is Women’s History Month in the United States, so I’m keeping the celebration going. International Women’s Day first was recognized in 1911 as a strategy …

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2017 World AIDS Day Commemoration

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton at the 2017 World AIDS Day Commemoration Katima Mulilo Sports Field, Zambezi Region Good morning!  It is a great privilege and honor to be here with you today at the official commemoration of the 30th World AIDS Day.  I am especially honored because this is my fourth – but unfortunately last …

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PEPFAR Namibia Stakeholder Engagement Meeting

Remarks of U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton at the PEPFAR Namibia Stakeholder Engagement Meeting  Colleagues and partners in the fight against HIV and AIDS in Namibia, ladies and gentlemen, good morning! Welcome to the latest in our regular series of PEPFAR Namibia stakeholder engagement meetings.  I am very happy to see all of you, including …

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Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony

Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Lord at the Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony, Andreas Kukuri Centre, Okahandja Good morning!  It is a great pleasure for me to be here today to swear in another generation of Peace Corps Volunteers in Namibia. The 46 Volunteers here today have pledged to give their most precious resource – …

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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Event

U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton remarks at Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (Prep) Event Wbcg Container, 14th Road, Walvis Bay, Erongo Region Good morning!  We are here in Walvis Bay today to recognize another major achievement by the Namibian government in the fight against HIV and AIDS in this country.  The achievement we’re marking today is another milestone …

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Launch of the National Health Report 2014/2015

U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton remarks on the Launch of the National Health Report 2014/2015 (Delivered By Mr. Robert Rhodes, Acting USAID Country Representative) Safari Court Hotel, Windhoek, Khomas Region I would like to congratulate the Ministry of Health and Social Services on the completion of the 2014/15 Health Accounts Report, the fifth round of …

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Handover of Nkurenkuru Health Centre and Nankudu ART Clinic Upgrades

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton for the handover of Nkurenkuru Health Centre and Nankudu ART Clinic Upgrades Nankudu District, Kavango West Region Good morning! Early this year, the U.S. Government through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, committed itself to provide improved antiretroviral treatment clinic spaces for the communities served by …

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2nd Annual HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign

U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton remarks to the 2nd Annual HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign  Good morning!  It is a real pleasure for me to be here again today to help commemorate the second HIV/AIDS awareness week at the Namibia University of Science and Technology.  I’m particularly pleased that the theme for this year’s awareness week is …

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World Day against Trafficking in Persons

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton at the World Day against Trafficking in Persons Good morning.  I am honored to have been included here today to commemorate the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.  Events like this one are essential to raising community awareness about the plight of victims of human trafficking here in Namibia …

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Announcement of the INL Combatting Wildlife Trafficking Grant

Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton announcement of the INL Combating Wildlife Trafficking Grant  Namibia is a country known around the world for its natural beauty and diverse wildlife.  Tourists flock here by the thousands every year for a chance to see rhinos, cheetahs and elephants roaming wild and free in the Land of the Brave.  Namibia is …

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The 50th Health Facility Equipped with the Facility Electronic Stock Card (FESC)

U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton remarks on The Milestone of the 50th Health Facility Equipped With The Facility Electronic Stock Card (FESC), Okatana Health Center, Oshakati District, Oshana Region Good morning!  It is a real pleasure for me this morning to be able to join the leadership of Oshana region in unveiling the electronic stock card …

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Launch of the District Health Information System Version 2

Remarks of U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton at the Launch of the District Health Information System Version 2  Good morning!  I have said it before and I will say it again: Namibia’s response to the HIV epidemic is data-driven and always has been.  Today we get another opportunity to see proof of that statement with the …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton at Fourth of July Celebration

Good evening and thank you for joining us to celebrate the 241st anniversary of American independence.  This is the third and, I expect, the final Independence Day that I will have the honor to address all of you as the U.S. ambassador to Namibia.  It has been nearly three years since my wife, Mindy, and …

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Peace Corps Swearing-in Ceremony

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton at the Peace Corps Swearing-in Ceremony, Andreas Kukuri Conference Center, Okahandja, Namibia Good morning!  It is a great pleasure for me to be here once again to launch the latest generation of Peace Corps Volunteers in Namibia.  Internationally since 1961, Peace Corps has sustained its commitment to developing the resilience …

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Opening of the Onjuva Clinic

U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton remarks at the Onjuva Clinic Opening, June 13, 2017 It is an honor for me to be here today on the auspicious occasion of the long-awaited opening of the Onjuva Clinic. You may have noticed a plaque near the entrance to the clinic. The plaque reads, “The construction of this building …

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Milestone of 750 People Living With HIV receiving ARV Medication through Refill Groups

U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton remarks on the Milestone of 750 People Living with HIV receiving ARV Medication through Refill Groups Onandjamba Village, Onyaanya Constituency, Oshikoto It is a great honor for me to be here in Onandjamba today to celebrate an important milestone on the road to controlling the HIV epidemic in Namibia. For …

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Handover of Water Tanker Trucks

U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton at Handover of Water Tanker Trucks NamWater Depot, Windhoek – May 24, 2017 Good morning! They say that water is life, and no one knows that better than the people of Namibia. Namibia is the driest country south of the Sahara even in normal circumstances, and we all know that Namibia has suffered …

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SMS Printer

Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton remarks for the SMS printer, Mashare Clinic, Kavango, May 12, 2017 We have come here today to see one of the 39 SMS (text message) printers currently operational in Kavango East and West, at one of the 232 clinics throughout Namibia that currently uses these printers. The use of these printers …

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Early Infant Diagnosis Milestone

U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton remarks at the Early Infant Diagnosis Milestone, Nyangana Hospital, Nyangana District, Kavango Region, May 11, 2017 It is a pleasure to be here with you at Nyangana Hospital to celebrate your achievements in preventing HIV transmission from mothers to their children. And I am proud and honored that the United States government …

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Challenge TB Milestone: Increased Access to TB/HIV Services

U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton at the Challenge TB Milestone: Increased Access to TB/HIV Services, Okuryangava Clinic, Windhoek, March 22, 2017 Ministry of Health and Social Services officials from the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Program, members of the Regional and District office, health staff of this clinic, TB Community Ambassadors, patients, members of the media, …

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HIV Prevention and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Adolescent Girls and Young Women

Remarks of Thomas F. Daughton, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia, to HIV Prevention and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Adolescent Girls and Young Women: Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Consultation 1-3 February 2017, Windhoek, Namibia Good afternoon!  If it’s not too late, given that we’re already into February, let me wish you all a happy new …

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Handover of Community-Based ART (C-BART) Clinic to Oupili Community

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton at the handover of Community-Based ART (C-BART) Clinic to Oupili Community Okongo District, Ohangwena Region Good morning!  During the last couple years, in my role as U.S. Ambassador I have had the opportunity to visit many places in this beautiful country, but it is truly a pleasure for me to …

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Handover of Community-Based ART (C-BART) Clinic to Omutwe-Womhunu Community

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton at the handover of Community-Based ART (C-BART) Clinic to Omutwe-Womhunu Community Okongo District, Ohangwena Region Good afternoon!  During the last couple years, in my role as U.S. Ambassador I have had the opportunity to visit many places in this beautiful country, but it is truly a pleasure for me to …

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World AIDS Day 2016 Commemoration

Remarks by U.S Ambassador Thomas. F. Daughton at the World AIDS Day 2016 Commemoration Vineta Sports Field, Swakopmund  Good morning!  This is the third year that I have had the pleasure to march alongside you, and I thank you for inviting me again.  It is a great honor and privilege to be here in Swakopmund for the …

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National AIDS Conference in Swakopmund

Remarks at National AIDS Conference in Swakopmund  Good morning.  It is an honor and privilege for me to be present today at the first National AIDS Conference in Namibia.  This is yet another milestone, made possible by the Ministry of Health and Social Services staff members, political leaders, partners and U.S. government staff who all contributed …

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Handover of Acceleration Plan Vehicles

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton at the Official Handover of Acceleration Plan Vehicles to Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) Directorate of Special Programs Good morning!  It is a real pleasure for me to be back at the Ministry of Health and Social Services today to participate in another event marking our longstanding, close cooperation …

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Handover of the Linyanti Combined School Fence

Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton remarks at the Official Handover of the Linyanti Combined School Fence  Good afternoon!  Thank you all for joining us today for the official handover of the new Linyanti Combined School fence.  This fence project was one of six initiatives from across Namibia that were supported by the American Embassy during the …

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Katima Mulilo office opening, ARV Clinic Groundbreaking and Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) Laboratory Renovation

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton at Katima Mulilo office opening, ARV Clinic Groundbreaking and Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) Laboratory Renovation – Katima Mulilo Hospital  Good morning!  It is a real pleasure for me to be back at Katima Mulilo Hospital today.  My last visit here was back in February and one thing is immediately …

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Kutwano Sports Equipment Hand-over

U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton Kutwano Sports Equipment Hand-over Remarks, Katima Mulilo, Zambezi Region It is a great honor to be here with you today – not only to hand over sports equipment funded by the United States government to Kutwano Organization, but also to witness how it is actually used; and how it contributes to overcoming …

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Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony October 20, 2016, Municipality Hall, Okahandja Good morning!  It is a great pleasure for me to be here today to launch another generation of Peace Corps Volunteers in Namibia — Americans ready to give of themselves to work alongside Namibians as equal partners in pursuit of shared …

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Self-Help Program Workshop and Award Ceremony

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton Self-Help Program Workshop and Award Ceremony Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Avani Hotel Good morning and welcome to the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program Workshop honoring our 2016 grant recipients.  We have four impressive new grantees this year who provide a tangible example of what can be achieved when people at the community level …

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Launch of Project ECHO

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton Launch of Project ECHO Directorate of Special Programs, MOHSS, Windhoek October 17, 2016 Good Afternoon.  I am delighted to be here with you to witness the launch of the continuation phase of Project ECHO, which stands for Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes.  Project ECHO is a unique tele-health platform and the …

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Official Handover of Prefabricated Containers – Engela District Hospital

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton at the Official Handover of Prefabricated Containers to Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) Engela District Hospital    Good morning, and thank you all for joining us today to mark an important milestone in the provision of high-quality HIV treatment to Namibians living with HIV in this district.  It’s important because …

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Official Handover of Prefabricated Containers – Onandjokwe District Hospital

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton at the Official Handover of Prefabricated Containers to Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) Onandjokwe District Hospital Good morning, and thank you all for joining us today to mark an important milestone in the provision of high-quality HIV treatment to Namibians living with HIV in this district.  It’s important because today …

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Scaling Up HIV Viral Load Testing Workshop

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton Official Opening of the Scaling Up HIV Viral Load Testing Workshop Safari Hotel, Windhoek September 13, 2016 Good morning!   It is a pleasure for me to welcome you to Windhoek for what I am sure will be a valuable workshop on scale-up of viral load testing.  This is the third in …

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20th HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton 20th HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign at NUST Namibia University for Science and Technology Good morning! It is a real pleasure for me to be here today to join you for the 20th HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign. The Namibia University of Science and Technology is at the forefront of shaping the …

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Official Opening of the Scaling Up HIV Viral Load Testing Workshop

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton for the Official Opening of the Scaling Up HIV Viral Load Testing Workshop Safari Hotel, Windhoek September 13, 2016 Good morning!   It is a pleasure for me to welcome you to Windhoek for what I am sure will be a valuable workshop on scale-up of viral load testing.  This is the third …

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U.S. Secret Service Financial Crimes Training Seminar

U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton remarks for the Opening of U.S. Secret Service Financial Crimes Training Seminar Good morning.  I am honored to be here today to mark the opening of the U.S. Secret Service’s Financial Crimes Training Seminar.  I want to start by recognizing and thanking Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga for the participation of his officers …

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100 New Health Care Workers Commence Duty To Fight HIV/AIDS In Rural Areas

Ongwediva — On 02 August 2016, U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton and Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services Juliet Kavetuna welcomed more than 100 new health care workers hired through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) who will soon be deployed to health facilities in seven districts (Onandjokwe, Omuthiya, Tsumeb, Oshikuku, Andara, Nyangana, Engela) …

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National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking

U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton remarks for Opening the Second Regional Workshop for Prosecutors and Magistrates on Combating Wildlife Trafficking Good morning.  It is a pleasure to welcome you to Windhoek and to this second workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking Crime.  The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the United Nations Office on Drugs …

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Cyber Investigations Training

U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton Remarks for the Opening of U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cyber Investigations Training Monday, July 25, 2016 Good morning.  I am honored to be here today to mark the opening of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Crime Investigations Training.  I want to start by recognizing and thanking Inspector General Sebastian …

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Ambassador’s Remarks at Fourth of July Reception

On our Independence Day, as Americans we celebrate our collective history as we reaffirm our commitment to the fundamental rights that our Declaration of Independence famously called life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  We also reaffirm our commitment to the belief that what binds our nation together is not color, or religion, or family …

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U.S. Embassy Namibia Respond-Rescue Program for National Development Certificate Handover, John M. Kowalski, Deputy Chief of Mission

It is my pleasure to join you today to celebrate the successful completion of the Namibia Fire and Rescue RESPOND Programme, a program through which 132 Namibians have improved their capacity to serve as First Responders. What is a First Responder?  Simply put, a First Responder is someone who is first on a disaster scene, …

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U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton remarks at the Persuasive Communications Workshop for Women in Business in conjunction with the African Women’s Entrep

Namibian women entrepreneurs; distinguished invited guests; ladies and gentlemen; members of the media:  Good afternoon. I confess that I am a little intimidated to be giving a speech to a group of high-powered businesswomen who have just completed three days of training in persuasive communication and public speaking.  Maybe when I finish you can tell …

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U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton Handover of Medical Equipment Recognizing the Private Sector’s Contribution to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision

The collaboration between the governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Namibia in combating the spread of HIV began more than ten years ago.  That same collaboration continues today, with the U.S. government planning to spend more than US$67 million – or just over a billion Namibian dollars – this year …

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U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton Peace Corps 25th Anniversary Celebration

Right Honorable Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia, Regional Director for Peace Corps’ Africa Operations, Mr. Dick Day, Volunteers, Host families, Colleagues, Members of the media, ladies and gentlemen, It is a great pleasure for me to be here today to congratulate the many American Peace Corps Volunteers and to thank the …

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U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton MOHSS HIV Clinical Mentors’ Program and Induction Workshop

Honorable Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Bernard Haufiku Permanent Secretary, Dr. Andreas Mwoombola Deputy Permanent Secretary, Dr. Norbert Foster Ministry of Health staff Development partners, and Colleagues from the Embassy and from the United States Good morning and welcome to the official launch of the Ministry of Health and Social Services HIV Clinical …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony

Honorable Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture; Distinguished Guests, Peace Corps staff and Volunteers, Ladies and Gentlemen: Good morning!  It is a great pleasure for me to be here today to launch another generation of Peace Corps Volunteers in Namibia — Americans ready to give of themselves to work alongside Namibians as equal …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton Mandela Washington Fellows Return to Namibia

Ladies and gentlemen, good evening, and thank you for joining us! If demographic projections hold, by the end of this century, 41% of the world’s youth will be African.  This growing youth demographic, increasingly empowered by new technologies, is a major driver of political, economic, and social progress.  President Obama recognizes the role that young …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton Namibia Trade Information Portal Launch

Honorable Calle Schlettwein, Minister of Finance, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, Ms. Ericah Shafudah, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development, Mr. Gabriel Sinimbo, Commissioner of Customs & Excise Bevan Simataa, SACU representatives, Distinguished guests, representatives of the media, ladies and gentlemen: Good morning!  It is a distinct pleasure for …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton Independence Day Celebration

Honorable Peya Mushelenga, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, officially representing the government of the Republic of Namibia; Honorable… Honorable… Your Excellencies, members of the diplomatic corps; Distinguished invited guests, members of the media, ladies and gentlemen: Good evening and thank you all for joining us — the U.S. Embassy family — to celebrate …

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Remarks for EOD Equipment Handover

Honorable Billy Mwaningange, Deputy Minister of Defence Senior Officers and Soldiers of the Namibian Defence Force, Distinguished invited guests, Members of the Media, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning.  Thank you for joining us today to witness the handover of training aids and support equipment from the United States to the Republic of Namibia.  Our purpose …

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U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton Remarks for UTAP Launch

Honorable Dr. Bernard Haifiku, Minister of Health and Social Services Mr. John Hango, Acting Director, Ohangwena Regional Health Office Mr. Peter Angala, Director, Oshikoto Regional Health Office Father Lucas Katenda, Director, Anglican Medical Services Sister Angela Bock, Director, Catholic Health Services Dr. Igor Petrov, Medical Superintendent, Lutheran Medical Services Hospital in Onandgowke IntraHealth International representatives, …

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U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton Remarks for the Opening of the Southern Africa Regional Cyber Investigations & Electronic Evidence Workshop

Advocate Martha Imalwa, Prosecutor General of Namibia Lt Gen Sebastian Ndeitunga, Inspector General of the Namibian Police Your Honors, members of the Namibian judiciary Distinguished participants from Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, the Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zambia Colleagues from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Members of the …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton Memorial Service for Peace Corps Volunteer John Petersen

Life begins and ends with family.  Families celebrate life together at the dawn of new beginnings and in times of exciting transitions.  And families grieve together in times of sorrow.  Families share the joy of new life, and they bear the terrible burden when life ends. Families also come in many forms, and involve many …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton “One Step Closer to Preventing Cervical Cancer” Health Walk for Cancer

Good morning.  I am delighted to be here today on behalf of the United States government to applaud Namibia’s people and government for taking bold steps in the prevention and control of cervical cancer.  It is my honor today to hand over potentially life-saving equipment that will complement efforts to improve timely screening and treatment …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton Orange Babies Self-Help Project Launch in Rehoboth

Good morning and thank you for joining us at the official launch of the new and expanded Orange Babies Computer Lab in Rehoboth.  This is one of five initiatives that the U.S. Embassy supports through the Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund.   The Self-Help Fund is a grassroots assistance program that enables the United States Embassy to assist …

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Ambassador-Designate Thomas F. Daughton shares his thoughts about World Fisheries Day

Today is World Fisheries Day The U.S. Embassy Ambassador-Designate Thomas F. Daughton shares his thoughts about World Fisheries Day. This week, the world celebrates a natural resource that provides food for billions and employment opportunities for over 50 million people worldwide – fisheries. World Fisheries Day – established in 1998 and celebrated each year on …

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U.S. Embassy Chargé d’ Affaires, a.i. John M. Kowalski Hand-over Ceremony of the Community Skills Development Center in Rundu

The opening of this COSDEC is a momentous occasion. Vocational training is a time-honored tradition in America that President Barack Obama continues to strengthen.  In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama said: “I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. John Kowalski at the Okakarara State Veterinary Office Handover Ceremony in Okakarara

Moro Vatengua noz Zerekaze, Pamue notjiuana atjihe tjitjarongana mba. I am pleased to be here today with the Honorable Minister Mutorwa as we realize your good idea of creating State Veterinary Offices in the Northern Communal Areas. Ten years ago, the United States Congress created the Millennium Challenge Corporation as a new and smart way …

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