Malawi will receive a high level delegation from the United States who will among others meet President Peter Mutharika and senior government officials to discuss the potential for enhanced collaboration.
In a press statement issued on Wednesday, US Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer said the delegation will include representation from the US government, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; The Global Partnership for Education; Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage; and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
Palmer said the delegation will also visit sites in Blantyre and Machinga to see the shared results of the DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) and Let Girls Learn initiatives funded by the U.S. Government and coordinated by the government of Malawi.
“This is an exploratory mission among organizations already prioritising and advancing work to ensure that adolescent girls and young women are empowered and supported to achieve their full potential in Malawi,” she said.
Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator; Ambassador Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues; Mark Dybul, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer, The Global Partnership for Education Mabel van Oranje, Board Chair, Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage and Cyril Nogier, Senior Country Manager, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance are among those coming.
“I look forward to welcoming the delegation to Malawi as the U.S. Government and these international organizations prioritize and advance work to ensure that adolescent girls and young women are empowered and supported to fulfil their full potential. We look forward to discussing opportunities to further enhance that work,” added Palmer.