ABOUT US

A Specialised

Mental Health Private Hospital

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As the first and only private psychiatric hospital in Namibia, Bel Esprit opened in June 2018 to provide both in-hospital and out-of-hospital psychiatric clinical services for all Namibians.

Founding member and clinical psychologist, Ms Charine Glen-Spyron, was supported by Dr Hileni Ndjaba, a duly registered psychiatrist and Head of the State Hospital’s Mental Health Facility in Windhoek.

Bel Esprit resulted from the desperate need for Namibians to access mental health treatment within a private hospital environment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many Namibians who are now facing new mental challenges, especially from its economic toll, including anxiety, depression and other conditions. Knock-on effects such as domestic violence and substance abuse have made the problem even more severe and complex.

Beyond our borders, the need for psychiatric services and treatment has skyrocketed and even become a human rights issue. To cater to those needs, our services will be extended to neighbouring countries this year.

The Hospital not only works on healing the disorder itself but also plays a key role in the rehabilitation of each, and every, patient admitted, to ensure easier reintegration with society after being discharged.

Untreated psychiatric conditions can result in quickly escalating, uncontrolled costs. That’s why we also play a key role in controlling mental health costs for all medical aid funds, the Public Service Employees Medical Aid Scheme and the Government of Namibia.

Unfortunately, mental health disorders still have a stigma in society. We are dedicated to educating our patients and the public that whether it’s a mental or physical disorder– neither is a choice.

Bel Esprit believes that it is time for society to step forward and away from stigma, acknowledging the fact that there is no difference between Mental Health disorders and Medical disorders – neither is a choice. Bel Esprits aim is to cater to people in psychological crisis. Extraordinary life stressors, a traumatic event, an underlying psychiatric vulnerability, a chronic illness or a combination of these may have brought on these crises.

ABOUT THE GROUP

OUR COMMITMENT

Bel Esprit is proud to form part of the Avacare Health Group.

Avacare Health is an integrated healthcare group serving the African region through the distribution and supply of pharmaceuticals, medical consumables, consumer health and medical equipment

The birth of the Avacare Health Group began in 1996 with a vision to make a difference to the people of Africa. The innate passion and commitment to deliver timeously has helped us make our mark in the pharmaceutical and healthcare arena.

Achieving success is about having drive and we believe that “Yesterday we were good, today we are better and tomorrow we shall be great”. Yet the journey to greatness is not defined by a man’s success, or one company’s success or the success of the Group. Our greatness lies in the ability for us, as a Group, to make a difference to the lives of the people of Africa and for our products and services to be accessible in every part of Africa.

We are a group of dedicated and talented individuals who are passionate in ensuring that each of our efforts leads to the success of our vision. We have a diverse set of skills, competencies and knowledge within the group.

We believe passionately in education and the development of people, not only within the group but across the African continent. It is our collaboration, team effort and the attachment to a common vision that inspires our group to deliver great results.

OUR HISTORY

Founded in 1996, we envisioned a healthier Africa. Today, true to that vision, we’re an established, trusted healthcare brand, delivering outstanding results, year after year to Africa and beyond.

We prioritise the education and development of our employees and people across the continent. It’s the bedrock on which healthcare is built.

Dr. Vikramkumar Naik

Executive Chairman and Founder

Dr Vikramkumar Naik is the founder and current Group Executive Chairman of the Avacare Health Group. Dr Naik formed the progenitor of the Avacare Health Group in 1996.

His goal to supply the continent affordable, high-quality medical goods and services has allowed for the growth of the Avacare Health Group to what it is today. With over 30 years of experience, Dr Naik brings deep expertise to the African pharma space.

Dr Naik’s leadership continues to take the Avacare Health Group to new heights.

An anaesthesiologist by profession, Dr Vikramkumar Naik started his career at the coalface, working in severely under-resourced African hospitals. His experiences there motivated his ambitious but strategic vision for a healthier continent.

It was clear that Africa required high-quality but affordable medical goods and services. Since then, he’s dedicated his life to achieving that goal.

His approachable leadership style continues to bring people together, which, in turn, fosters more leaders to pass on his unifying ethos. Thanks to Dr Naik, our visionary leaders and the commitment of our staff and partners, we turn ideas into results, translate dreams into reality and transform challenges into success.

André Meyer

Chief Executive Officer

André Meyer is the CEO of the Avacare Health Group. Appointed in July 2021, he brings with him a richness of knowledge, expertise and experience in the healthcare industry.

André’s experience in healthcare began in 1996, when he was appointed as Managing Director at Alexander Forbes Healthcare Consultants and Actuaries, where he served for six years, building this business into the largest healthcare consultancy in South Africa.

In 2002, he moved to Medscheme Holdings as CEO where he spent over a decade, where he was responsible for turning the company around and then guiding the growth strategy to become South Africa’s largest medical scheme administrator and managed care provider measured by the number of lives under administration. Following the successful turnaround André received the CRF ‘South African Leading Managers’ award in 2007.

This was followed by an appointment as Group CEO at Life Healthcare in 2013 where he was responsible for delivering the Group’s international expansion and diversification strategy.

In 2017 André founded and was the Director of Invenico Health, focussed on bringing new technologies and innovative business ideas to the healthcare sector with the aim of broadening access to healthcare delivery.

André holds various board appointments of companies in the healthcare sector.