A wonderfully generous German company has donated medical equipment worth EUR120,000 to CITW Namibia, for the Marienfluss Clinic, as well as a number of other clinics around the country.
From the medical equipment, CITW was able to provide Rio Shalom Hoëb, a 3-year-old boy from Bergsig in the Torra Conservancy, with a wheelchair. The Torra Conservancy (where Wilderness Damaraland Camp is situated) encompasses 3,522 square kilometres in the Kunene Region, and is one of the “Big 3” conservancies which Wilderness partners with, the others being Anabeb and Sesfontein.
Rio was born with both epispadias and hydrocephalus, and has difficulty sitting up straight and walking. The past few years have been a constant struggle for Rio and his mother, Ms Elfriede Hoes, who expressed her sincere gratitude to CITW for the gift of the wheelchair. She further stated that Rio’s mobility will be greatly improved, and she hopes for a better future for him, with the help of physiotherapy and surgery.
The intervention was in line with Sustainable Development Goal 3, which focuses on “ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages as a necessity”.
Report by Juliet Binda, CITW Namibia Administrative Assistant