Preparation of awareness raising materials (brochure, poster, presentation) based on status Assessment of the relationship between HIV/AIDS and environment in Namibia conducted my IECN in 2005
Namibia hosts an HIV/Aids and Environment Working Group (HEWG) which was formed in response to the widespread impacts of HIV/Aids observed anecdotally in the environmental sector. The HEWG identified that selected Protected Areas (PAs) as well as community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) projects could serve as focal service delivery nodes to promote integrated HIV/Aids and environmental initiatives in remote rural areas.
As a foundation for planning such interventions, HEWG commissioned IECN to develop HIV/Aids - Environmental Status Report for Namibia, which would address the "knowledge and action gap" between HIV/Aids and the environment (HEWG, 2005). Extensive desk top studies and field research form the foundation of the research, which was conducted in collaboration with the Health Economics and HIV/Aids Research Division (HEARD) of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (www.heard.org.za). The study forms the foundation for formulating strategies for effectively addressing HIV/Aids and environmental interactions. The final report is now available from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) on behalf of HEWG. Contact Mr. Lazarus Nafidi of the Strengthening Namibia's Protected Areas (SPAN) project at MET email@example.com.