Renovations and additions to the existing clinic
and the refurbishment of the existing staff housing.
Omungwelume village is located 35km South West of Ongwediva, easily accessible by gravel road. The village is in a densely populated area of the Ohangwena region. The existing clinic was built in the 1960’s and was in a dilapidated condition. The staff housing was uninhabitable with the existing clinic in a bad state and much too small for the patient load. The clinic could not cater for the new MOHSS programs introduced in recent years, such as HIV treatment and counseling. A major revamp and extensive additions to the existing structures were required to bring the clinic up to modern standards for health in Namibia.
The climate of Omungwelume is hot to very hot (average 34-36 Deg Celsius in summer) with mild winters (min 8-10 Deg Celsius). The area is very humid in summer, and has one of the highest rainfall rates in Namibia in summer. The yearly Efundja Flood from Angola affects this village, though the site is located on a higher lying area and relatively safe from flooding. Care had to be taken with the design of the septic tank to ensure that the sewerage does not leak into the natural water system in the flooding season.