First Rand donates towards medical services

• By Andre Tino

FIRST Rand Namibia has handed over clinical equipment and medical consumables valued at N$ 136 328 to the University of Namibia(Unam) Cares, and another N$ 500 000 towards equipment for the Veterinary Laboratory at Unam’s Veterinary Academic Hospital.

The donation is part of the FirstRand Namibia Foundation’s commitment towards driving systemic change in education, delivering skills development, supporting health promotion, encouraging sports and arts and culture, and providing environmental protection in Namibia.

“With this handover, our aim is to strengthen communities by prioritising their needs and perspectives in the development of social and economic advancement and supporting community services and welfare,” FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trustee, Dr. Magda Awases said.

The FirstRand Foundation in collaboration with a consortium of corporates also supported UNAM Cares with a grant of N$600 000 last year to ensure that there could be enough financial resources to implement their planned activities as part of the Vaccines for Hope Project.

While delivering his speech on behalf of UNAM Vice Chancellor, Kenneth Matengu, Senior Lecturer, Professor Ferdinand Gideon, highlighted the importance of the donation.

He said the “the financial assistance from the consortium of corporates enabled UNAM through UNAM Cares’ Vaccination Project in collaboration with the School on Nursing and Directorate of Student Affairs to rollout health promotion roadshows, social mobilisation, and administration of COVID-19 Vaccines in 12 regions of Namibia.”

Dr Rachel Freeman, Head of UNAM Cares, expressed gratitude for the support further emphasizing that the Vaccines for Hope Grant enabled UNAM Cares to broaden its umbrella to positively impact lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and to empower communities with knowledge and skills on how to protect themselves against COVID-19 by making the right choice to get vaccinated.

“The Vaccines for Hope Grant towards UNAM Cares Health Promotion campaign and COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Clinics at the different campuses contributed majorly to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, Goal # 3 on promoting Good Health and Well-being.

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