PARTNERING FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL NAMIBIANS
Born out of a need to serve the people of Walvis Bay, Welwitschia Hospital has transformed from a small local general practice hospital into a world-class medical facility that attracts the best and brightest specialists and doctors and caters to the diverse medical needs of our community.
Innovating healthcare in Namibia is at the heart of Welwitschia Hospital. It is why we continuously evolve. From the initiation of the first lung clinic to the installation of the first low-dose CT (Computed Tomography) scanner in Africa, we are always at the forefront of innovative development.
But we wanted to do more than merely provide access to quality and trusted healthcare. We wanted to make a significant contribution to the Namibian healthcare ecosystem as a whole. That is why in 2019, we embarked on several strategic partnerships to advance the training and education of Namibian medical students, as well as the sharing of information between various academic institutes, both local and international.
By doing so, we will enable local medical and nursing students to study under and learn from leading doctors and specialists in the private sector. They will receive practical and clinical training and be exposed to a broader scope of medical cases—taking the pressure off the government to place the students in state hospitals.
Further to this, we will ensure that visiting specialists in the fields of general surgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, obstetrics, and gynaecology will provide healthcare to outlying and underserved communities such as Lüderitz and Otjiwarongo.
WELWITSCHIA’S STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
The signing of these agreements aims to encourage medical and nursing students to choose home instead of looking abroad when deciding where to begin their careers. We believe that by investing in our people, we are investing in a better, more promising future for Namibia.
These are the strategic partnerships that we are involved in:
- The University of Namibia (UNAM) and Welwitschia Hospital signed the Memorandum of Agreement on the Collaboration in Clinical Training of Medical Students in health-related fields such as general surgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, internal medicine, pulmonology, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics and childcare.
- This agreement facilitated the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between UNAM and the University Hospital of
Bern, Switzerland, on the collaboration on academic and research-related activities.
- Welwitschia Health Training Centre and Welwitschia Hospital signed the Memorandum of Agreement on the practical training of nursing students.
- The International University of Management and Welwitschia Hospital signed the Memorandum of Agreement on the practical training of nursing students.
BEYOND MEDICAL CARE
Matthias Braune, Chief Executive Officer of Welwitschia Hospital, said: “To advance medical care, we believe in capitalising on the intellectual property of our specialists and tailoring our services to their unique visions and skillsets.” It is why we regularly engage with our specialists and doctors to understand what equipment and facilities they require to deliver quality, reliable, and trusted care.
This approach is also necessary for retaining and attracting leading specialists in their field. Whenever it benefits our community, we will assist with relocating doctors and their families.
Over the past five years, to meet the growing need of our urban community, we have massively expanded our service offering. In 2015 we built and opened three new operating theatres, dramatically reducing the number of patient referrals to the capital. As a result, our community and patients no longer need to worry about travel and accommodation costs that used to come into play with the admission,
visits and discharge of their loved ones from hospitals outside Walvis Bay.
In 2017, we extended and renovated our maternity ward, transforming the rooms into modern, relaxing, and beautifully furnished areas, a perfect environment for new mothers discovering parenthood and their bundles of joy.
In the same year, the addition of our three-bed neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) became home to many newborn and premature babies. Under the specialist care of our resident Paediatricians, and the loving touch of our dedicated neonatal ICU nurses, these fragile and precious lives were given the best start parents could hope for.
Responding to the increased healthcare needs of our community, we opened a second 24-bed general ward in July 2019, which allowed our doctors to provide comprehensive treatment for our valued surgical and medical patients.
We also opened a newly built nine-bed state-of-the-art adult ICU. This unit boasts a team of highly qualified nurses and specialist Intensivists dedicated solely to the care of our critical patients.
Prior to the addition of these specialist facilities, residents had to travel upwards of 400 km to receive the medical care they needed, which in emergencies, could mean the difference between life or death.
Now, our doctors and specialists can treat more complicated cases on-site, ensuring immediate care and a better-served community.
To discuss partnering with Welwitschia Hospital or for more information about the hospital’s services, facilities and skilled practitioners, please contact Welwitschia Hospital on the details provided.