tv Faith Matters - Vaccines for Africa - Namibia in the Pandemic Deutsche Welle February 6, 2022 1:30am-2:01am CET
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but the country is suffering under covert. mass vaccination appears to be the answer. oh, been both the africa, seneca one was off, begin in may and the next door and was in july. and now i went to and got his people to go, but he received both what he missed again. oh, i don't want to lose so many people. i don't want to see them die. i want them to live near to the inequities in vaccine distribution, a texting the relationship between germany and the media. that's why you haven't, i'm remish. they don't always have what we have here is often they lack the important thing. i would help us all get through the dynamic. they don't have them and i feel very privileged here to get. ah, ah, ah,
ah, the albert einstein high school in berlin is twinned with the hog again. bowl up high school in the namibian capital vint, hook. namibian students were supposed to now be in berlin on exchange. but the coven pandemic forced them to cancel virtual meetings and words of encouragement. or all that's left will show on such an out. although it has been very, very difficult over the past few months with school, with free time, with all the things that you couldn't do about us. we can now see how quickly it's progressing, how quickly you can get vaccinated if you know how well you're cared for, medically aligned to how many people help you here, you know, and stuff is so much in the media in window kind of up at our partner school, this is sometimes missing. thank he's much they don't have adequate medical care.
i'll cite number did finish of has all complexity of eyes travel wasn't possible in 2020. the namibian group was supposed to visit us in berlin when it became possible again hung up if we had high hopes until recently. and now everything is crashed, ogden, i, rachel meetings can bring us closer, but they know substitute for a real meeting, candace, and of any shall feel. hug again. bob hi is a prestigious institution. and one of the largest schools in namibia. it students have an exchange program with its german partner school, which includes regular visits between vint, hook and berlin. but the trips have been cancelled for almost 2 years due to the pandemic. ah, even face to face learning is in jeopardy. southern africa has been overwhelmed by the new oma chron variant. the latest student exchange trip has also been canceled . unfortunate. ah,
the educational value of tuning schools is precisely this personal experience of a foreign culture. the physical interaction of the 2. because normally though it would though to come here, oh, our learners would go over with their teachers and then the incorrect they stay with one another just to lend culture and all these. but this was not, was disrupted. the schools have been twinned for more than 12 years and the african partner students were to be on a flight to germany. instead, they've been locked down for months, remote learning. so oh, only and did you. oh, did you feel sometimes oh, i understand. well, he goes, you can ask the teacher about meetings will not what reason he ain't doing.
i am a worker. so it's all i've explained you just had been n unplugged. ah, well, my name byron and i'm just coming to school in abilene is lead time. gosh, somebody was anything ah, a 15 year old circa leaves very close to the school with her mother, aunt and 2 sisters. but sir, cuz seldom has the place to herself. i hate to stay at home was 6 months at how long the lockdown was in with 5 people. i give basically for home schooling out come tomato, men do my work like far from the tv or just on my bed doing mileage
sometimes it would switch off in the middle of my class. oh, sometimes named in a door like low down and then you like, just have to wait until it works again. jessica has her own room, which is not very common in cut to tura. it's been hooked poorest district. her family had to scrape together money for online classes. some day my sister or mother would sacrifice and give me money for the day because i mean it's schoolwork it suppose the stairs so they would sacrifice even if they wanted to buy like, you know, a t shirt may be, they'll sacrifice it for me and give me the money to buy data. so you'll need an date there. you'll need a smartphone. you will need a like quiet place that that may be everyone can get in, but mostly date they like every week because it only last for 7 days. and mm hm.
how much is it? it's $60.00 per month. yeah. $60.00 bill week. ah, that's the equivalent of 3 euros 60 for remote lessons. this may not seem much to germans, but it's beyond the reach of many namibian emanuel, who, like soccer, should be visiting berlin now. also lives in cut a tura, but on the outskirts, he has a half hour walk to school. he shares a room in this corrugated iron hut with his sister. ah yes, i am. okay. so at length about the family. nice. thank him. i. marsha, there's i don't want bed was like my leg explains why study come to my rooms a marginal mocking and this is my hands off
with jar. bounce back. the now move a made these sites and out of state. yeah, i woke sandwich freshman, but unless i am one of vint hooks lodge symmetries lines. just a few kilometers outside the city. it's saturday, the day funerals are traditionally held in many african countries. and oh, we filmed off to large gatherings of moon is an important part of namibian culture . we're again being allowed. every one attends the extended family friends of the deceased. all the neighbors looked down regulations here was similar to those in europe and almost everywhere else. even singing was forbidden and passed as often
stood at the grave with just 5 or 6 close relatives. rosa that to know that there hoster lorenzo could said she k administered in germany for a number of years. and this, you know and hung up. he's now been pastor in, cut a tura for about a decade. no, no, no, if well, yep. okay. i'm and the members of his parish were particularly hon. hit by the severe coven wave that struck namibia in 2021. 0, that's good. how may you know july of boost swenson swenson from the end of may through june, july and august 2021. we buried somebody every day. buys veggies ready from home. it was really hard for me to stay. we held a memorial service on september 25th for all the people we buried. yep. oh, good year. there were about 82 names. 100 leave. yeah. index aside there were
funerals every day. one doctor sunday. i was at the ed to move, hopped by october 2021 less than 5 percent of the namibian population had been vaccinated. there was not enough vaccine to go around. besides, many people were afraid of the jab. there's a pastor, i do speak to my colleagues to go and be vaccinated me myself and go fully vaccinated. and i'm really living when and i don't have any problems, especially my vaccination. wow. what the i asked him as a nigger and i did it to sure. there was no, no problem at all. so i think that's a nation can be done. but we have to struggle or did the application that i really dimming and, but any problems or people of relaxing wild conspiracy theories about cove it and the vaccines have also impacted namibia. summer begins here in november. the
pandemic had eased a little, and professional soccer matches, restarted, even spectators were allowed. nobody could know that the oma crone variant was already on the march, and the vaccination rate was disturbingly low. we have a lot of boxes being produce as you know, over 6000000000 doses hobbin i finished it. however, most of those that have been finished and in the rich countries and most of the poor countries, and particularly in the african region, have less than 5 percent of the populations who have received the vaccine. namibia has a land mass, almost twice the size of germany, with a scattered population of 2 and a half 1000000 people. reaching every one for vaccination is not easy. the world
health organization's kovacs program is helping rich countries of being asked to donate the vaccine, which the w. h. o, then distributes amongst the most remote areas of africa. that includes dreamy up, says some 300 kilometers from vint hook. but the w h chose representative in namibia discovered that the vaccination campaign was getting off to a slow start. people in this remote region had not been properly informed by 10 in the morning. just 7 people had turned up to be vaccinated in goodness. yeah, hang on, for instance, traveled more than 45 kilometers from the farm where she works. her boss, a white farmer, sent her to be vaccinated in glenitia receives signer farm the chinese vaccine. it has not yet been approved in germany.
the former village school is the vaccination center for the next 2 weeks. the longer the center is open, the more people turn up for a job. it went away without the ah, the campaign. let me say, i didn't say add pee. wee lisa had he bought over 2 weeks. if me love to come back again. menissi electro handed. the an average is slender. are people that can you can always and if you like me in the end some 1200 people in dreamy of this was vaccinated at least 400 of those receive a 2nd job. oh, the others have to find a vaccination center in the next few weeks to receive their 2nd dose. then they
have to figure out how to get there. but most importantly, is there enough vaccine available? ah, the, the provincial capital go, bob is, has the only hospital with full medical can, but it's inadequate for a population of 70000 or 219, because of h i v aids namibian zer, experienced with infectious diseases where we had the government pharmacist walks us through his vaccine storage in that office. so of if, if his daughter, oh, where we are giving oliver at the moment we're looking for. but which is awful missionary in las vegas. is that a good phone? let see that they may go sizes and just say the whole available,
gay wife info, you know, from, with that on the one of those is dependent goal is when it's flavor, right? so we have to the end of the listed as president brown with live around $1000.00. it's a lot, but not nearly enough. so the arrival of a plane in july 2021 with donations from germany, is eagerly awaited the congo of mosques, protective suits ventilate. as in vaccine doses east desperately needed so far, we received about a 150000 of us that come
from the german government. and we believe that maybe more will become in the german health ministry. pledged more than 30000000 vaccine doses by christmas 2021 to the world health organizations kofax program. we cannot see that the the promise that has been made is being fully implemented here. because otherwise, we would not have the challenge of supplies. so some place, a major issue and the, the need to provide enough vaccines for everyone because we need to understand that unless everyone is protected, nobody else. oh, the lutheran church is one of the most active groups promoting cova vaccination in
namibia. and its voice carries a lot of weight. the churches efforts can be seen in ot, whereon go a provincial town some 250 kilometers north of vint. hook, the silent parish girls club is doing a corona demonstration monster handwashing, testing the 14 to 18 year old girls say no one should be afraid of being vaccinated. with my mom. he tango, i see. story is tragic, but not uncommon in the media. her mother died of cove at 19 in may last year.
she had wanted to be vaccinated, but there was little chance at the time. the girl struggles to tell her painful story, but it's important for the audience to hear it. her mother's death to covered through the whole family into crisis. a 18 year old kid tango now takes care of her 3 siblings. she earns what money she can buy, making clothes, which she sells in the neighbourhood. oh hey miss. i want a wife. maybe a no, i mean i know me feel what happens like that she said b, i sent it to you and she may be something that helps you to state that. oh, there are a lot of young a young we are yes to change. so i have myself a fire. jade and it's my old one and my mom
and he is a daughter of one of the members. no one there that these girls club with me must her mean me herself, us in peace. so we also, the 2 of us went to germany. so as a teacher by profession that she lost her life or this year, you took of it. so now they are siblings or for was their father. now in our girls club i think the afford to 5 girls that close their parents. yeah. to duke of it. and then most of them are staying with the kind parents, if we, if 3 goes from the club, it also was the remaining only was the grand remaining yadda. the grandmother, it was a basket assembly. so our girls are really affected by discovering we are still trying to yard them to stay home. today,
the girls club is hosting 3 visitors from partner parishes in vessel in germany. through a valley. the pandemic has made visits like this one extremely rare. the girls club is an offshoot of this is me, a lutheran women's project. partnerships between lutheran parishes in germany, in namibia have existed for almost 40 years. ah, the stories of grief and bereavement are remarkably similar in both countries. ah, fiedler compensation for up. she didn't want, many of them weren't able to say good bye. these last close relatives and are still severely traumatized credit but keep it to themselves. question, they can't talk about it right now, and they'll certainly be a lot they'll have to work through in the future to it's not my rule, common viet, a dad in shoals. his son is properly dressed for his confirmation. more than 60
young people, a jew to be confirmed to day. but then the alarming news emerges from south africa anew. apparently even more infectious coven variant has been identified. omicron a, we back to square one. ah, be faithful. my sons come comes out. you really wanna be faithful. my door does come comes out. will it be wonderful? yeah. that the lord your god will hold you in his holy hand. young namibian like teenagers everywhere, are enthusiastic uses of social media. pastor john is afraid they'll be hoodwinked by conspiracy theories circulating on the internet and be discouraged from getting vaccinated. he's cutting to mercy on the social media. on what's up on facebook was
huge, it was big. and if it is many bill of in a sort of them and now i'll be bill the messages i was sent around was leg don't, did this mitigation. you will die after 3 months. don't dig this, but it is in the side is, are all there was to, well, are busy i attribute our ass away from the blood net that they want to take a while. a candy in it is only discouraging message and that's why the people away in fear. again, there are parallels to the situation in germany, but in the parish hostile, a kind of boarding school where children can stay when their families live on farms . far away from the schools. the german visitors encounter a chilling consequence of the pandemic that german children don't have to face hunger. the king, this is where the children live are taken care of. they go to school, get 4 meals
a day and can do their homework of no man that's their normal life. and i thought that everything has collapsed due to corona, the hostels were closed. like and even now not all children can be taken back night because physical distance has to be observed. so many children are at home where they don't get regular meals. so it's typical for families of 6 or 7 people to live on one person's income with fish. and if that's gone, the biggest problem becomes hunger. if the children go to school, they get something to eat there. the question of whether they should also get vaccinated seems of secondary importance right now. a group from the girls club tries to tackle the hunger problem in the slums of o t u. our own go. when they get donations, they buy food in bulk. then the young women distributed, providing a few dozen families with the essentials. some of the donations come from germany.
rep an elderly woman lives in these corrugated iron hot with her 2 daughters and their children. her husband has died. the children's father's leave elsewhere hasn't been riding out of the grandmother calls all 6 grand children together. she sees it as her responsibility to take care of them all the love in his co who happy as his am county. i don't deal with like a know people and a daughter explains that the family has only $800.00 namibian dollars a month to live on about $48.00 euro. the pension money is $1300.00. but because of the london c dieter, yes, big 5 years, vic, she's only getting 800,
and that's the way they knew their living. this was always my dream to come and help all kinds of people. and finally, i'm doing it for the 1st time. and it's very, i'm very happy to be doing this to be helping out people all the way i can barely face to face such family going through a difficult time in either this corona, for god's grace favorite game and gave a, would hope go bless them. the lutheran church in namibia preaches, but also works to alleviate economic hardship. during the pandemic, it's promoting vaccinations. only about 14 percent of namibia, 2 and a half 1000000 citizens have been vaccinated once there is a need for vaccine to reach more people. there are some people who certainly is changing their minds to go for their vaccines. and if there is
enough vaccination thing, i think that will be helpful. olva funerals continue, the none of infected are falling significantly. some experts say omicron leads to less severe illness, and many may have been unknowingly infected veil count is recovered in early february, but vaccinations still provide the best protection. ah ah ah ah ah ah
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