The Namibia Heart Foundation (NHF) which will create awareness about heart disease and its associated risks was launched on 30 August 2019, in Windhoek.
Cardiovascular diseases are prevalent in Namibia, contributing up to 30% of the total deaths in the country
Over 80 guests gathered together to endorse and support this great cause, including the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula; along with cardiologists, dieticians, corporates, NGO’s, Miss Namibia 2019 Nadja Breytenbach and the members of the public.
The Namibia Heart Foundation (NHF) was established in March 2019 to educate Namibians on diverse heart-related illnesses and complement the good work of those who have dedicated their hard work towards creating awareness of heart diseases and its associated risks.
With volunteers around the country, the foundation further aims to create an inclusive, safe and empowered community for individuals suffering from cardiac diseases and strokes by helping, guiding and supporting them and their families.
Although the medical and allied professions, government and private hospitals, medical aid and insurance sector, and others do their utmost to educate Namibians on preventative and early diagnostic measures, much more needs to be done.
“Anyone can recover from a heart attack with a healthy emotional and physical lifestyle,” said Gerhard De Koe,” the founder of the Foundation.
De Koe testified that his personal experience with heart surgery left him with a lot of emotional and physical needs at the time, which prompted him to stand up and be the voice for many other Namibians who are facing the same dilemmas during the process and its procedures.
Capricorn Group and its subsidiary Bank Windhoek reported that they support their statements of being Connectors of Positive Change, by planting seeds that will grow into sustainable change. Supporting the Namibia Heart Foundation is one such an example. “We are proud to be part of this movement, which the group believes will make a positive impact on the lives of the patients and their families,” said Mr Thinus Prinsloo, Capricorn Group CEO.
The Namibian Heart Foundation stated that they desire to take hands with the Namibian community and all role players to create a healthier and happier nation to ensure that our country advances in this regard. “Together with the support and various contributions of stakeholders, we can make a difference,” said Mr De Koe, as he spoke at the function lobbying for more funds to ensure the success of the NGO.