Information for Prospective Students

Visiting students are welcome from any countries all over the world. The hospital does need to know the exact role of the elective in the curriculum of the applicant so that the training can be adequately planned.

Important Information
Students can come with a standard tourist visa. Upon arrival at the border or in the airport, the student should take care not to mention that they are coming to work at a hospital. The Customs Officer will likely think that you will need a work permit or student permit and there will be a lot of inconvenience until this is clarified.

Students will need to obtain a permit from the Interim Medical and Dental Council of Namibia to be able to work as a student. This can be arranged after arrival in Windhoek, and will often take a few days. The student should bring a student ID card from the university or an official letter from the university. Bring your passport to the Medical Council as well. The medical board charges 500 Namibian Dollars for this permit. The current exchange rate can be seen at

Exchange Rates

The Namibian Dollar is tied to the rand so 1 Namibian dollar always equals 1 rand.
Contact details for Medical Council:
Phone: 264 61 245 586
Fax: 264 61 271 891
Contact Person: Daniella
Address: P.O. Box 95
37 Schonlein Str.
Windhoek West

Accommodation will be provided by the hospital within the hospital compound. The hospital is a safe place that has accommodated many students in the past. It is a large house consisting of two large rooms, kitchen, and bathroom. There are no phones in the student housing, so most students bring a cell phone and put in a Namibian SIM card which can be cheaply purchased here for approximately N$90. Bed linen is provided. The hospital asks that the student covers the cost of electricity and water which costs 8 Namibian Dollars per day and should be paid to Miss Eva in the Store Room before departure. The student housing is expected to be cleaned when the keys are returned to Miss Eva in the Administration Office before departure. Remember: This is a missionary hospital with limited funds and you and your university do not pay a fee for your stay here or your training. The costs your placement raises for the hospital are expected to be returned.

Working clothes such as white coats are not provided by the hospital and must be provided by the student.

Transport in Africa is different than in Europe or other developed countries, but is nonetheless easy to quickly figure out. There are direct flights on Air Namibia from London and Frankfurt to Windhoek. There are also flights to Windhoek going through Johannesburg and Cape Town. Windhoek has two airports; Hosea Kutako which handles larger planes and international flights, and Eros which handles smaller planes and domestic routes on Air Namibia. Both airports are serviced by taxis and shuttles which head directly to the city centre. Expect to pay between N$180 - N$250 for a shuttle from the airport into Windhoek. Air Namibia has two flights daily to Ondangwa and the cost is approximately N$1100 one way.

Taxis are relatively safe in groups and safe for an individual during the day time. Radio dispatched taxis are recommended and while they are more expensive tend to be much safer.

Some taxi numbers are:

White Rhino: 061 221029, 0811299903
Express Taxi: 061 239739, 0811242457
Prime Taxi: 061 272221, 0811277575

Ondangwa is approximately 700 kilometers from Windhoek and transport to Ondangwa can be done by airplane or by bus. Most Namibians travel by minibus and this is the cheapest way to travel. Minibuses leave all throughout the day from different locations around Windhoek. Each minibus at different locations goes to the same town or city. If you want to go to Ondangwa, you must go to the place where the minibuses to Ondangwa leave from which is called Katutura. Tell your taxi driver you want to go to Ondangwa and they will drop you off in the correct location. The minibuses leave when they are full, which can take some time. A minibus will take 7 10 hours to reach Ondangwa depending on the speed and how many stops are made. Minibuses are not the safest busses to take, but there have been very few accidents recently. The other bus is called Namib Contract Haulage (also called the Orange Bus). These busses have scheduled departure times but unfortunately leave from Windhoek only twice a week. Namib Contract Haulage busses also depart from Katutura which is near where the minibuses leave from. Their phone number is 061 234164 or 061 234165.

Accommodation in Windhoek is plentiful, but we recommend a few places that are both inexpensive and safe:
Chameleon +264 61 244347
Cardboard Box +264 61 228994
Motown Formula Inn +264 61 234646

Please call the contact person in the hospital after arrival in Windhoek to inform about approximate time or arrival in Ondangwa. A confirmation email one week before arrival is also requested.

Most of the taxi drivers know where these locations are located and can easily take you there upon your arrival. The last two also arrange their own overland safaris and which are relatively inexpensive. Contact them for details.

Northern Namibia is a high risk malarial zone especially during the rainy season which lasts from December to April. Antimalarial prophylaxis is highly recommended throughout the year, and should be considered mandatory throughout the rainy season. While a few different prophylaxis are available, it is best to take either mefloquine or doxycycline. Mosquito nets to cover the bed are highly recommended as well. It is advisable to visit an infectologist or tropical disease specialist before your visit for a brief consultation. Some immunizations that are recommended include Hepatitis A & B, yellow fever, as well as being up to date on polio and tetanus. There is a high prevalence of tuberculosis in the area so a Mantoux test is recommended to determine BCG status.

HIV prevalence in Namibia is 33% in the region where the hospital is located. All prevention measures should be taken including wearing gloves, boots, and face covering in the operating room and labour room. The chance of transmission by needlestick injury is very low (1 in 250) and Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) can help to further reduce this. PEP must be started immediately after the suspected exposure and must be taken for a month. The hospital will only pay for the medicine for three days, during which time the patient will be tested to determine if there is a need to continue the medication. If medication is still needed the patient will need to purchase the medicine on their own from a Namibian pharmacy.

Ondangwa is a very rural place and there are very few opportunities for entertainment besides drinking. There are a few restaurants and a few bars with large screen televisions showing sports. There is a bar that has volleyball a few nights a week as well. There are a few places nearby which make for good weekend excursions depending on the desires of the student. Within the hospital, there is a ping pong table and a swimming pool and there are countless pool tables in the local bars. Most students prefer to go on safari after the conclusion of their elective and most of these companies leave from Windhoek.
Recommended ones include:

Wild Dog Safaris: 061 257642
Chameleon Safaris: 061 247668
Cardboard Box: 061 228994

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