Standard Bank once again threw its full weight behind the Hochland Roundtable 154 Medic RUSH (Rural Upliftment and Social Healthcare) project today, announcing its sponsorship of a whopping N$100 000.
The funds are geared towards promoting the much needed healthcare to underprivileged communities in remote parts of the country. The voluntary medical professionals will start with the Medic RUSH initiative from the 30th April until the 4th of May this year in the Oshikoto Region.
“As one of the key players in the Namibian private sector, Standard Bank believes that it is our role to complement government in its quest to deliver essential services, such as health care, to all Namibians in all corners of the country,” Standard Bank’s PR and Communications Surihe Gaomas-Guchu said delivering a speech on behalf of the bank’s Acting Head of Marketing Sigrid Tjijorokisa.
Through this latest sponsorship, Standard Bank reaffirms its commitment to the Hochland Roundtable 154 Medic RUSH initiative for the 10th consecutive year. In 2016 the Medic RUSH initiative will focus its efforts on the under-privileged communities of the Uibasen Twyfelfontein Conservancy, Sorris Sorris Conservancy and Omatjete Village.
“We believe that health care is a fundamental human right and no-one should be left out when it comes to having access to medical health care… Medic Rush gives thousands of under-privileged Namibians in remote areas access to the much-needed healthcare and Standard Bank is proud to have supported this initiative since 2009, as we believe, that a healthy nation is the key to economic prosperity,” Gaomas-Guchu stressed.
Over the past couple of years, Medic Rush has undertaken medical initiatives to the Omaheke, Otjozondjupa and Kunene Regions, which has proven to be highly successful. Over 5000 disadvantaged Namibians in Bushman Land, Damara Land, Epukiro (Pos 3) and Palmwag Doro !Nawas benefitted through receiving free basic health care consisting of nutrition, oral and counseling, to specialist care with referrals and transport to necessary medical centres in Windhoek and across the country.
The success of Medic Rush is based essentially on medical professionals, doctors, nurses and medical interns who volunteer their expertise and time to render a valuable service to fellow citizens who are not privileged to have easy access to these often costly medical services.
The Hochland Roundtable 154 Chairman, Basson van Rooyen, thanked Standard Bank for its unwavering support, noting that the support helped them give back to communities in need.
“As an organization we want to plough back into our communities, not only with financial but with our time as well and the Medic RUSH allows for us to do so. We are thankful to corporate organization such as Standard Bank whose sponsorships allow us to do our project. An estimated N$150 000 will be spent on medical equipment, while N$100 000 will go to the transport, accommodation and food during the project,” Van Rooyen explained.
15 Doctors and 15 Nursing staff are expected to lend their expertise and skills towards the Medic RUSH project this year.
Standard Bank dedicates 1% profit after tax generated from its business operations to CSI initiatives. The strategic focus is geared towards four main areas namely: Education, Entrepreneurship Development, Health and Wellness and Poverty Alleviation.