Khomas Region

DIRECTORMs. Elizabeth K. Muremi

Private Bag 13322
Tel No: +264 61 203 5001/6
Fax No: +264 61 272777
Cel No: +264 811 292 741



The Directorate Khomas Region hosts the capital city of Namibia, Windhoek, with a square kilometer area of 37590. The directorate is bordered by Otjozondjupa in the north, Omaheke in the east, Hardap in the south and Erongo in the west.

The total population is 264616 in 2004, (projected from 2001 Population and Housing Census).

See district map


Under 1 year: 7905
Under 5 year: 39524
Women of childbearing age:(15-49) 63238
Aged people (60 and above) 18181
Disabled people: 8168

Informal settlements of shacks have developed to the north and west of Katutura. The size of the population living in these settlements is estimated at 41 386 (Report of August 1996: Community Assessment- Health Promoters’ Programme). A pragmatic policy has been adopted towards informal settlers in as attempt to control the density of settlement and ensure access to basic amenities. Areas are designated for informal settlement and rent is charged per plot to cover access to communal standpipes and waste disposal. In general, squatting is becoming a serious problem, not only in the informal settlement areas but also in other areas such as backyards, garages, under bridges, riverbeds etc.

The 2001 Population and Housing Census states that the school enrolment in Khomas Region is 60 % for children/people between the ages of 6 and 24 years, whilst 19 % of the adult population are illiterate.

Adult literacy (male) = 92.5 %
Adult literacy (female) = 94.9 %

According to the 2001 Population and Housing Census, 74.3 % of Khomas Region’s population is employed, 78.5 % are men and 79.9 % are women.

Single parent families are growing phenomenon especially female-headed families, mainly caused by children being born out of wedlock, as well as high divorce rate. Factors that can negatively affect family cohesiveness are substance abuse, illegitimacy, extra-marital affairs, poverty, “migrant labour” and inadequate housing.



To ensure efficient regional management

To improve quality of health services in all hospitals

To provide quality primary health care service

To improve developmental social welfare services



  • General and Functional Management
  • Developmental Social Welfare Services
  • Public Health Services
  • Hospital Services



The division is responsible for providing administrative support to the directorate in terms of financial, transport and personnel management, health facilities licensing, logistics and supplies. The functions include compilation of directorate budget; compilation and forwarding budgets plan to Finance for release of funds; compilation and presentation of the trend of expenditure at financial management meetings; compilation of Audit Report; coordination of provision of transport; personnel record keeping and processing of leave forms.Public &


The division’s goal is to facilitate the improvement of living and working environments of all people in the region, through pro-active preventive means, health education, promotion and control of environmental health hazards and risks that could result in ill-health and to ensure provision of environmental health services, including sanitation. Further, the role of the division comprises of the following:

  • Ensure food quality
  • Develop action plans
  • Identify environmental health hazards and risks
  • Empowering and motivation of communities to improve their living environment and promotion of safety at workplaces
  • Port/border health services

The division also provides technical support for campaigns or other interventions and ensures timely response to emergencies, management of epidemics.


The division covers the following:

  • Safe motherhood and newborn care
  • Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), Family Planning, Antenatal Care (ANC), Post Natal Care (PNC)
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Community Based Health Care and Outreach services
  • School and Adolescent health program
  • Mental health
  • Control of Diarrhea Diseases (CDD)
  • Non-communicable diseases control
  • Acute Respiratory Infections control



This division is responsible for Rehabilitation and social welfare services.

The main objective of the social sector is to ensure a healthy and safe environment, aimed at improving the living standards of the disadvantaged (disabled, women, children, youth, elderly, and the vulnerable) in Namibia and at the same time to protect the rights and dignity of those affected by prejudice and abuse.


The division is responsible for the provision of specialist tertiary hospital services for diagnostic, medical and surgical treatment; plan, organize and assess the pharmaceutical services in the directorate; coordinate the provision of medical laboratory services; rendering the orthopedic services, ambulance services, forensic and mortuary services and the diagnostic radiographic services in the region.


The special disease program deals with the following diseases:

  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Malaria



The division is responsible for managing of information for evidence-based planning, monitoring and evaluation. This is done through the development of a sound MIS that provides information on financial, epidemiological, pharmaceutical, capital development and maintenance of facilities, human resource development, research and surveys. The division is therefore responsible for the development of a minimum set of indicators for all the MIS subsystems. This tool is then utilized for monitoring the implementation of programs and services in the directorate.


District health and social welfare services x 1: Windhoek

This division is responsible for the co-ordination of activities at the district level in order to ensure efficient and effective implementation of regionally directed, managed projects and programmes. It ensures the maintenance of a harmonious working relationship and functional integration of the various components of the district health system, which includes all the activities run by clinics, health center and the district hospital.


Khomas region consists of only one district namely Windhoek District. The district has two Health Centers and eight clinics.

Health Advisories
Namibia Medicines Regulatory Council (NMRC)
Development Programmes