10 HEALTH Monday, July 10 2017 | NEW ERA Over 214 million women not using safe family planning Staff Reporter Windhoek Some 214 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are currently not using safe and effective family planning methods, according to a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report. “Most of these women with an unmet demand for contraceptives live in 69 of the poorest countries on earth. Fulfilling their unmet demand would save lives by averting 67 million unintended pregnancies around the world and reduce maternal deaths by one third of the estimated 307,000 maternal deaths that will occur in 2017,” according to the report. Modern contraceptive use has nearly doubled worldwide from 37 percent in 1970 to 64 percent in 2016. However, much remains to be done in order for women to enjoy their right to decide whether, when or how often to become pregnant. According to the report, approximately 12.7 million teenage girls between 15 and 19 years in developing countries had an unmet demand for family planning, in 2015. “In this same age group in developing countries, an estimated 14.5 million girls become mothers every year,” according to figures in the report. Emphasis is placed on family planning and that it is a lifesaving Photo: UNFPA A long way off… According to the UNFPA much remains to be done in order for women to enjoy their right to decide whether, when or how often to become pregnant. intervention. “It prevents unintended pregnancies and in turn reduces health risks of childbirth and recourse to unsafe abortions,” according to the report. Male and female condoms can also reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections, highlights the report. “This type of intervention is critical in humanitarian crises, often characterised by sexual violence, intimate partner violence, child marriage and high-risk behaviour, such as survival, transactional and commercial sex,” highlights the report. Yet, across and within crisis settings, family planning services, including contraception, are often limited, inadequate or even nonexistent. Even where family planning services exist, the subordinate status of women and girls within the family in many societies may deny them access because they cannot negotiate use with their partners, the report states. Therefore, as Namibia and the rest of the world observe World Population day today, UNFPA has reiterated that investing in family planning is investing in the health and rights of women and couples worldwide. These investments also yield economic and other gains that can propel development forward and are thus critical to the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its accompanying 17 Sustainable Development Goals (STGs), according to a UNFPA report. Ministry launches improved district health information system Staff Reporter Windhoek The health ministry on Friday launched its second district health information system, following the maiden launch of the system in 2003. The ministry says the system has been successfully used to record, monitor and analyse facts and figures that quantitatively describe the healthcare situation in Namibia. The US Ambassador to Namibia, Thomas Daughton, explained that the first district health information system was just one of a half dozen different data-capturing platforms. The competing platforms meant TSUMEB MUNICIPALITY SALE OF IMMOVABLE PROPERTY Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 63 (2) of the Local Authorities Act 1992 (Act 23 of 1992) as amended, that the Tsumeb Municipal Council intends to sell immovable properties by way of private transaction to the under mentioned persons and/or companies. that information was fragmented, making it extremely difficult to consolidate, triangulate and analyse data, he said. “[The latest improved] district health information system fixes that. It is a significantly improved, routine data monitoring system that provides a single platform to capture and aggregate all health data,” said Daughton. The improvements in the new system make it fundamentally more versatile, added Daughton, who gave examples of the usefulness of the system. Amongst others, the new system makes it possible for the health ministry to monitor the realtime performance of healthcare delivery through indicators like bed occupancy rate and the number of out-patient visits. It also makes it possible to provide data to inform decisions about resource allocation and budgeting. “The end result – and this is the basic goal – will be more effective delivery of health services to Namibians. In short, we are here today to celebrate the improvement of a system that has been working but will now work even better, a system that has been updated to meet the needs of Namibia in 2017 and in the years to come,” said Daughton. He added that the technology underlying the new system is already used in more than 50 countries on four continents. “So we are in good company launching a system that we know will meet the demands we will place on it. The district health information system will improve the timeliness and quality of data collected, improve how the data is visualised and interpreted and most importantly improve how the collected data is Ambassador Thomas Daughton and Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Juliet Kavetuna used,” Daughton said. Health and Social Services Minister Dr Bernard Haufiku said at that occasion that the health ministry keeps moving in the right direction in its quest to migrate from the use of paper. “Even though the first version worked well and did what it was supposed to do, it was not as efficient as the current version which is now web-based,” Haufiku said. – Additional reporting: Nampa Name Erf No. Situated Extension Size m 2 Price Zoning 1. 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NEW ERA | Trustco Properties begins construction of Ondangwa estate Page 12 Ghana eyes surfing to boost tourism numbers Page 14 INSIDE BUSINESS This news is your business Only 6% of N billion outstanding taxes collected Edgar Brandt Windhoek Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein is not satisfied that only about six percent, or N2.78 million, of the N billion owed to the state in taxes has been collected five months after the finance ministry introduced a tax amnesty for those in arrears with their obligated contributions to the Receiver of Revenue. The finance ministry introduced the tax amnesty in February during which taxpayers in arrears were given a respite for a write-off of 80 percent of the combined interest and penalties. Those in arrears could however only qualify for the amnesty provided they paid off 20 percent of the total amount owed. “This pattern is worrying, noting that tax arrears is money which is overdue to the Receiver but not paid. Ours is a rule-based country and tax rules have to be applied fairly. All taxpayers are expected to play by the rules and meet their tax obligations,” said Schlettwein on Friday during a media briefing on Fitch Credit Ratings, the state of the economy and progress on the government’s contractual obligations. A few analysts however questioned whether the government’s delay in meeting some of its contractual obligations has played a role in the minimal amount collected during the amnesty period. However, Schlettwein noted that when the government owes its service providers there are unrelenting calls for it to meet its obligations. “This is a fair call. And for that reason, the government commits itself to meeting its contractual obligations irrespective of the causes. Within this month, all budgeted outstanding obligations will be met this month and all other obligations will be met within this quarter,” Schlettwein stated. ”Let me end my statement by reflecting on the obligation of all juristic persons to meet their tax obligations fairly and on a timely basis. It is an obligation of all income earners to declare their income and file their tax returns timeously,” Schlettwein added. To increase the efficiency of tax collection, the Receiver of Revenue has set up dedicated offices at each regional office to provide services to taxpayers participating in this amnesty programme. “Let me take this opportunity to remind all taxpayers that the deadline for settling their outstanding arrears remains 31 July 2017. I urge all taxpayers with outstanding arrears to come forth and meet their obligations within this incentive arrangement. When the incentive programme lapses, the Receiver, for the fairness of the tax system, will have to step up actions to recover these outstanding balances,” Schlettwein warned. The business community has welcomed the tax amnesty as an opportunity to get up to date with fiscal contributions. According to the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s northern branch chairperson, Tomas Iindji, it is common knowledge that tax amnesties by governments do not come around often. Thus, he said, people should take the rare opportunity and get their tax affairs in order. Iindji noted that the business community is the major source of revenue for the government and tax revenues are used to fund development projects such as construction and maintenance of roads, schools and hospitals, among others. Shack Dwellers Federation receives Nm boost from Standard Bank taff Reporter indhoek n marking its second annual campaign aunch, Standard Bank through ts Buy-a-Brick initiative donated million to the Shack Dwellers ederation of Namibia in Windhoek’s avana informal settlement on Friday. The bank’s flagship Buy-a-Brick undraising initiative was launched in ctober 2015 with the aim of helping n alleviating the housing shortage n the country for no or low-income ouseholds who live in shacks. The bank previously donated .4 million to the federation, hich was raised through the sale of oken bricks in the form of erasers. ith those proceeds the federation anaged to build over 40 new houses n Rehoboth. Standard Bank’s chief executive, etumbuavi Mungunda, officially anded over the donation in the resence of the Minister of Urban nd Rural Development, Sophia haningwa, the Chairperson of the egional Council, Rachel Jacobs, nd the Mayor of Windhoek, Muesee azapua, to name but a few. “We announced the inception of his flagship initiative in 2015 with two ey objectives: To render our support nd contribution to help alleviate the cute shortage of housing in Namibia, specially for the low and no-income embers of our society, and increase wareness about this plight of housing hortage and the efforts of the Shack wellers Federation of Namibia mongst the Namibian public and the rivate sector, in particular for them o find ways of lending their support,” ungunda said during the handover. He added that since its inception Grateful… Community members of Havana settlement dance in jubilation as they are accompanied by the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa, the Mayor of Windhoek, Muesee Kazapua, and Standard Bank’s chief executive, Vetumbuavi Mungunda. the corporate social investment initiative has grown in leaps and bounds. “Our contribution, although insufficient in relation to the scale of the shortage, is a contribution that will house families, step by step, and after 10 years, 20 years or 50 years we may look back to the many families provided with decent houses and homes through this Buy-a-Brick community initiative. As they say, Rome was not built in a day, we will be patient.” “Let’s work together to find solutions to challenges within our home. The Buy-a-Brick initiative ensures that our children have a better home environment, and by doing things differently a house becomes a home … egumbo, onganda. So how can we use our muscle to mobilize fundraising on behalf of our community and increase the awareness on their plight?” Early this year Mungunda hosted a CE challenge, during which key stakeholders and various captains of industry were invited to visit the homes of some of the members of the federation in Windhoek still living in shacks and in desperate need of brick houses. These host families are now the recipients of the donations and their dreams of building brick houses will come to fruition. Fortunately, the federation’s members who are based in Otjinene in the Omaheke Region and Berseba in the //Kharas Region will also benefit from this donation as they have also been awarded loans to build their homes. These towns were pre-selected as per the regional representation of the Shack Dwellers Federation in the country. The 43 percent increase from last year’s donation of N.4 million is indicative of the uptake of this initiative by Namibians and their genuine interest and concern in helping to alleviate the housing shortage challenge. As such the CE thanked corporates and good Samaritans that dug deep into their coffers and pockets in making this annual project a grand success once again. “We will continue to strive to be relevant in the communities in which we operate as this is reflective of our defined purpose as an organization – ‘Namibia is our home; we drive her growth.’ This purpose gives us our reason for existence and calls on us to face the realities of our home, Namibia, and work together within our Namibian home to find solutions,” he said. The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa, commended Standard Bank for its commitment to aid in alleviating the housing shortage in the country, stressing that these kinds of initiatives will aid the government in achieving its long-term goals such as Vision 2030. “I would like to thank Standard Bank for mobilizing the private sector and public for actively contributing in eradicating the housing shortage in the country through the Buy-a-Brick initiative. Standard Bank under the stewardship of its chief executive has adhered to financial prudence and good governance which I commend them for,” she said. Additionally, Shaningwa urged other companies to also come up with initiatives such as the Buy-a-Brick that will aid in eradicating poverty in the country, and reassured that the government will support these endeavours wholeheartedly. “Namibia is an asset and so are her people. We stand for the people and we will listen to them … The government will bring economic and infrastructural development to disadvantaged communities. I would also like to urge the recipients of these funds to utilise them efficiently,” she added.