Cancer Ward at the State Hospital

Windhoek Central Hospital’s Cancer Ward treats about 100 patients at a time, including both inpatients and outpatients. The Cancer Ward distributes donations of toiletries, clothes, soap powder, etc. throughout the year as patients come from distant locations for treatment and follow-up care. Because it is Namibia’s only public hospital that provides radiation and chemotherapy to cancer patients, Windhoek Central Hospital receives patients from all over the country, including from very rural, poor communities. Patients usually have to stay from several months at a time to receive treatment, and typically they cannot bring much in the way of personal items with them. For these reasons, there is great need for donations. Each November, the Cancer Ward hosts a special end-of-year function called Survivors' Day where patients have fun, enjoy food and fellowship, and receive donated items.