Report: Namibia Is Neglecting the San People

The Namibian government is violating the indigenous San people’s right to health by neglecting the massive TB burden on the hunter-gatherer indigenous group, according to an Amnesty International report.

  • The San’s TB burden, including drug-resistant strains, is 40% higher than the national average in a country with one of the highest TB burdens in the world.

But the San people face barriers to health care, including discrimination, verbal and physical abuse at health care centers, and language barriers.
The San are the only ethnic group in Namibia whose health status has declined since independence in 1990, suffering from higher rates of childhood and maternal mortality and elevated levels of malnutrition, which can be a major risk factor for TB.
Amnesty International

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