Standard Bank has donated a sum of N$ 300.000 to the Medic Rush 2013, an initiative of the Hochland Roundtable 154 (HRT 154).
HRT 154 was initiated six years ago after a need for primary health care was identified in remote areas in the Omaheke and southern Kunene regions namely Epukiro and the Palmwag/ Dora !Nawas Conservancy areas.
Standard Bank has been associated with the project for the past five years and has increased their donation from N$100 000 in 2012 to N$300 000 for this year.
Standard Bank Head of Corporate Investment Banking Werner Weber explains that N$100 000 will be allocated for the Medic Rush project in promoting healthcare to the under privileged communities.
The targeted communities are in areas of Tsumkwe in the Otjozondjupa Region while the remaining N$200 000 goes towards assisting the purchase of a Medic Rush mobile clinic (vehicle), to be managed by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
“As one of the key players in the Namibian private sector, Standard Bank Namibia believes that it is our role to complement government in its quest to deliver essential services, such as health care to all Namibians in all corners of the country,” he said.
This year, HRT 154 focus is on disadvantaged communities of Tsumkwe and the surrounding areas in the Otjozondjupa.
Project Convener of HRT 154, Dr Vaja Zatjirua noted that this region was identified as a result of the need by members of the Round Table who visited the area last year.
“This will be our 6th annual mobile clinic service, and this year our target location is new to us, offering unique challenges as well as a myriad of opportunities to assist with the improvement of healthcare delivery in the area. In slight contrast to the previous year’s Medic Rush will be in smaller scale, serving as not only a primary health clinic but also a fact finding mission,” he said.