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August 1, 2019

USAID/Malawi is a phase II CDCS country and is crafting a youth development objective to address a Malawian population where more than 60 percent of citizens are 24 or younger. On July 14th, Agency Youth Coordinator Mike McCabe and two youth experts from the Global Health Office - Linda Sussman and Laurette Cucuzza - traveled to Malawi to: a)  consult with USAID/Malawi staff on challenging design aspects of a Youth DO, and b) deliver a two-day Positive Youth Development (PYD) training for key USAID/Malawi technical and implementing partner staff. Twenty-one participants completed the course and are now ready to employ USAID’s PYD methodology to their forthcoming work under the CDCS Youth DO.

February 13, 2019

Until the late 1980s, Kasungu was Malawi’s flagship national park with sizeable populations of elephants, buffalo, roan antelope, zebra, and hartebeest. It also had regular sightings of lion, cheetah, wild dog and black rhino. Since then, however, poaching has decimated the wildlife populations in all parks from Kasungu in Malawi through to the Luangwa Valley in Zambia.

August 27, 2018

The GoM has set the ambitious goal of achieving HIV epidemic control by reaching the 90-90-90 mark: 90 percent of people with HIV know their status; 90 percent of people with HIV are on antiretroviral treatment (ART); 90 percent of people on ART have viral suppression. One of the impediments to achieving this goal is finding, testing, and treating high-risk, hard-to-reach populations, such as fishers and bike taxi drivers.

August 24, 2018

On Tuesday, July 24, 2018, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer and Minister of Foreign Affairs Emmanuel Fabiano signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining their joint contributions to the Secondary Education Expansion for Development (SEED) initiative. SEED seeks to address a critical shortage of facilities, teachers, and seats needed to accommodate the more than 20,000 female students who graduate from primary school each year, but are unable to continue to secondary due to lack of space. Evidence suggests that a girl who is unable to proceed through school is at greater risk across an array of destructive outcomes and behaviors, including early sexual debut, HIV infection, early marriage, and economic marginalization.

August 24, 2018

On Tuesday, August 14th, Malawi’s Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports, and Manpower Development Francis Kasaila was joined by Chargé d’affaires Andrew Herrup and Malawi’s Minister of Health and Population Atupele Muluzi to officially launch Malawi’s National Strategy of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW). Over the past 18 months, Ambassador Virginia Palmer, USAID, and PEPFAR have been deeply engaged with the Government of Malawi (GOM), UNICEF, donors, and public/private stakeholders to draft a strategy that will bring clear structure and coordination mechanisms to Malawi’s many youth (particularly AGYW) initiatives.

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Last updated: October 15, 2019

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