Making A Difference

Making A Difference

eBook - 2012
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?Failure is not in my vocabulary? says Libertina Inaaviposa Amathila ? medical doctor, leading member of Namibia?s liberation movement SWAPO, and Cabinet Minister for 20 years. Insightful, candid and amusing, this book traces Libertina Amathila?s journey from a village in western Namibia travelling alone to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1962; medical training in Poland, Sweden and London; and the health and education centres in Zambia and Angola that she helped develop and run for Namibians in exile; to a victorious return home in 1989; service in the Cabinet of independent Namibia; and a leading role in the World Health Organisation. Courageous, committed, cutting through difficulties that deterred others, Libertina Amathila has assisted and empowered Namibian communities, particularly women, in exile and at home. As Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing, Minister of Health and Social Services, and Deputy Prime Minister, she focused on those in need, such as squatters, street children, and those affected by HIV/AIDS, and undertook immediate practical measures to improve their lives. Packing her tent and supplies, she drove to remote areas and camped out until houses and clinics were built for marginalized communities, assisting in the design and construction process herself. An indomitable spirit drives this remarkable woman. This is her story.

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Author Amathila has some impressive credentials: a doctor, a leader in Namibia's liberation movement, former minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing, and former minister of Health and Social Services. This autobiographical account takes readers from her youth to medical training, her work with health and education centers, the years of government service, her participation in the World Health Organization, and her seeming inability to retire from service. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Windhoek, Namibia : University of Namibia Press, 2012
ISBN: 9789991687094
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 266 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps
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