Spinalis in Namibia

On October 18, 2013, the country’s first spinal cord injury unit “Spinalis SCI Unit” opened at Windhoek Central Hospital in Namibia. Namibians, who suffer a spinal cord injury, now have the opportunity to get care and rehabilitation. A Swedish medical team of physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and rehabilitation instructors will assist the staff of the Ministry of Health and Social Services as part of a skills transfer exercise.

The project was also made possible by the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) and the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

Spinalis has in the past three years, worked successfully with building such a clinic in Botswana’s capital Gaborone.

“The unit in ward seven of the Windhoek Central hospital is expected to make a great difference in the lives of people suffering from spinal cord injuries, because it would focus on getting people back to productive, dignified lives within the shortest time possible.”
Here you can read an article about the project on SIDA’s web page.

Göran Lagerström
Project coordinator

The Swedish team:

Katarzyna Trok, MD
Evelina Laasonen, Physiotherapist
Anna-Karin Gustavsson, Occupational therapist
Malin Nordin, Nurse
Pelle Vesterlund, Rehab coach
Niklas Larsson, Assisting educator
Göran Lagerström, Project leader