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Medscheme Consolidates Partnership with the IUM Faculty of Health Sciences

28/06/2018

From the left: Prof. Kingo Mchombu, Acting Vice-Chancellor at IUM, Prof. Agnes Van Dyk, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at IUM and Ms Abigail Raubenheimer, Marketing Manager, at Medscheme

Medscheme, in its drive to support the healthcare in Namibia, has donated to the IUM Nursing Department, N$150 000. The handover ceremony was held on 06 June 2018 at the IUM Main Campus.

The goal of Medscheme is to ensure that everyone has access to quality and affordable healthcare. Medscheme therefore believes in investing in trainers of Namibian healthcare professionals in order to produce nurses that would be able to make a difference in the communities they serve.

The donation was handed over by Ms Abigail Raubenheimer, Marketing Manager, at Medscheme and was received by Prof. Kingo Mchombu, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Prof. Agnes Van Dyk, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at IUM.

Ms Raubenheimer mentioned that this was their 2nd consecutive year partnering with IUM and that this was a sponsorship that they were proud of. Ms Raubenheimer expressed hope that the donation would assist and help grow healthcare in Namibia in general.

In accepting this sponsorship, Prof. Agnes van Dyk expressed her gratitude to Medscheme for supporting IUM’s efforts to improve the health situation in Namibia, the region, and the world at large. Prof van Dyk revealed that the Nursing Department was established in 2014 and that this year (2018) the Nursing Department will graduate its first 32 students, the majority of which were already employed and the feedback from their employers was extremely positive.

Prof van Dyk expressed the Department’s gratitude further by explaining that this donation would help improve the nursing education and training that is conducted at IUM as the models and other practical materials used are very expensive and crucial to the student’s learning. These models are an important opportunity for students to practice and perfect their skills.

Prof Kingo Mchombu, Acting Vice-Chancellor, thanked Medscheme for their continuous support to the University and the Nursing Department and ensured them that the donation would be of great use. Prof Mchombu stated that the University desired to grow and work closely together with Medscheme in other areas of mutual benefit, like possibilities to develop a joint research agenda which will not only add value to both organisations effort to strengthen healthcare in Namibia.