05 Oct 2012
Selects: Video news footage
1. Med shot, Health Extension Worker Vemupomambo Tjivinda walks in Kunene region 2. Med shot, Pan from Tjivinda's backpack to his face while he walks 3. Med shot, Tjivinda's feet walking 4. Wide shot, Tjivinda walks along a rocky ground 5. SOUNDBITE (English) Vemupomambo Tjivinda, 26 year old Health Extension Worker:
"You see this mountain? I will travel from here to on top of that mountain to one homestead. The other homestead is one top of that mountain. From there I cross the river to that mountain again."
6. Wide shot, Kunene region landscape 7. Med shot, Omuhimba women and boys walking 8. Wide shot, Health Extension Worker Vemupomambo Tjivinda talks with an Omuhimba man, while cattle drink water in the background 9. Med shot, water is pulled from a well and put in a cattle trough 10. Wide shot, pan across a Kunene region landscape to a homestead 11. Wide shot, An Omuhimba man watching over his cattle 12. Med shot, Health Extension Worker Vemupomambo Tjivinda approaches mother, Uandjenguaije Tjiuharo 13. Med shot, Over The Shoulder as Tjivinda sits in front of mother, Tjiuharo 14. Close shot, Tjiuharo holding her baby 15. Close shot, Tjivinda checks the breathing of baby Uateuondjara 16. Close shot, Tilt down from mother Tjiuharo to baby Uateuondjara 17. Med shot, Tjivinda consults his medical book 18. Close shot, Tilt up, medical book 19. Wide shot, Tjivinda explains health care to Tjiuharo 20. SOUNDBITE (English) Vemupomambo Tjivinda, 26 year old Health Extension Worker:
"I feel happy because I help my community. And also this programme has helped me with gaining the skills and experience in the health sector."
21. Close shot, Pan Tjivinda checks baby Uateuondjara's temperature 22. Close shot, Tilt down from mother Tjiuharo to baby Uateuondjara 23. SOUNDBITE (Otjihimba) Uandjenguaije Tjiuharo, 35 year old mother:
"I am very pleased about this project. I will no longer need to travel a long distance to reach a health facility. I will no longer need to wait for a vehicle and raise money for the journey and food along the way. Instead a health worker is right here within my community."
24. Med shot, Pan Tjivinda walks along a scenic road 25. Wide shot, Tjivinda walks past an animal carcass 26. SOUNDBITE (English) Micaela Marques de Sousa, UNICEF Country Representative, Namibia:
"By piloting this programme in Kunene, in Opuwa region, the 34 Health Extension Workers would actually be the Ambassadors, if you will, and Kunene will be the Ambassador region to all other 12 regions in Namibia, so that we can take this programme to scale."
27. Med shot, Two boys on a donkey 28. Wide shot, Tjivinda leaves behind a group of Ovahimba people 29. Med shot, Tjivinda walks away
Vemupomambo Tjivinda is among the first batch of recently trained Health Extension Workers in Namibia. Following a six month training course, Tjivinda's task is now to bring basic health care to under five year olds in Kunene region. SOUNDBITE (English) Vemupomambo Tjivinda, Health Extension Worker: "You see this mountain? I will travel from here to on top of that mountain to one homestead. The other homestead is one top of that mountain. From there I cross the river to that mountain again." Mountainous, dry, and sparsely populated, the north-west region of Namibia is home to the nomadic Ovahimba people. Holding onto their traditional way of life, the Ovahimba are often on the move in search of water for their cattle. This way of life provides healthcare challenges. Government reports show that less than one third of Kunene region's population is being reached through the existing 91 health outreach points. Skilled birth attendant rates are low, as are under 5 immunization completion rates. The government of Namibia, with the assistance of UNICEF and its partner organisations, are now bridging the gap between health facilities and these mobile communities. Working within his own community, Tjivinda checks the breathing of this two month old baby He encourages mothers like Tjiuharo to get their babies vaccinated. He also dispenses advice and provides free medication such as polio drops or vitamin pills. Tjivinda is at the forefront of ensuring under five year olds do not become ill or die from preventable illnesses like malaria, measles or diarrhoea. SOUNDBITE (English) Vemupomambo Tjivinda, Health Extension Worker: "I feel happy because I help my community. And also this programme has helped me with gaining the skills and experience in the health sector." Tjivinda continues to check baby's vital signs and is pleased to see she is healthy. This check-up has saved Tjiuharo and her infant the 40 kilometre journey to the nearest health clinic.
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