United States says Malawians should be proud for their work to end the scourge of HIV/AIDS and today Malawi is a model and a leader in this fight.
In a statement issued yesterday by the State Department, US Secretary of State, John Kerry, congratulates Malawi as the nation celebrate a half century of independence on July 6.
Said Kerry “While serving in the Senate, I worked closely with Sen. Frist and Sen. Helms on the bipartisan legislation that became the foundation for PEPFAR. Back then, AIDS was a looming death sentence for the entire African continent. What I saw on my most recent trip to Sub-Saharan Africa would never have seemed possible.
There has been strong government leadership, broad-based partnerships and effective public country to slow down the spread of the disease in Malawi.
Currently, Malawi Government provides free life prolonging drugs to HIV patients in public clinics and also runs a nutritional support project for civil servants who are infected by HIV. The population is mobilised in the fight against HIV/AIDS and virtually everyone is made aware of the consequences that risky behaviour can have.
“Today, we all hold up Malawi as a model and a leader in this fight. Malawi has saved thousands of men, women, and children from HIV infection with the help of antiretroviral drugs. You are on the front lines of a critical mission: creating an AIDS-free generation”, US secretary of state said in the statement.
Commenting on democracy and governance, US noted “this year also marks 20 years of multiparty democracy in Malawi.”
It said the recent elections which were won by President Prof. Peter Mutharika “served as an example of a peaceful change of government for the entire region.”
“Malawians spoke from the ballot box and stood for the rule of law. On this proud occasion, I wish all Malawians a happy National Day,” said Kerry.