Jhpiego, an international organisation providing essential health services in the country, on Monday celebrated 40 years of existence and 15 years of working in Malawi.
Speaking at the ceremony to mark the anniversaries at the Bingu International Conference Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe, the organisation’s president and chief executive officer (CEO), Leslie Mancuso affirmed Jhpiego’s commitment to providing top-class health services and strengthening capacity of technical workers in the country.
“Since 1999, we have been implementing projects that strive to improve the health status of Malawians. This anniversary, therefore, allows us to see what’s been the most important aspect of our work which is the people we serve,” Mancuso said.
In her remarks, Minister of Health Catherine Gotani-Hara said government is proud of Jhpiego’s support to her ministry’s endeavours to reduce avoidable deaths of women and children through efforts aimed improving the healthcare delivery standards.
She thanked the organisation for training healthcare providers in hospitals and other health facilities across the country.
“We are aware of Jhpiego’s support, specifically in the areas of specific programme delivery such as maternal and child health as well as in various HIV and Aids programmes,” she said.
Jhpiego started its work in the country in 1999 and, among others, it is implementing a three-year United States Department of Defence-funded project aimed at supporting the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) to reach all military personnel, their families and surrounding communities with voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services as an HIV prevention strategy.