Global Health Service Partnership Peace Corps Volunteers to Begin Service at Locations throughout Malawi
Lilongwe– Today the United States Peace Corps welcomes seven new Volunteers to their ranks. Ambassador Virginia Palmer will join senior officials from the Malawi Government at a swearing-in ceremony of the Peace Corps Response Volunteers under the Global Health Service Partnership at the Ambassador’s Residence in Area 10 at 4:00p.m.
The Volunteers, who will be working as faculty members at the College of Medicine, Kamuzu College of Nursing and Mzuzu University, arrived in Malawi on July 24, 2015. They have spent 3 weeks in technical and cultural orientation in Lilongwe.
After the ceremony, Volunteers will report to various college campuses across the country where they will work alongside their Malawian counterparts in the college and hospital conducting didactic and clinical teaching with medical and nursing students. There are two Medical Doctors (Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Internal Medicine) and five Nurses, with a range of experiences from public health to medical surgical nursing to pediatrics. The have significant experience in didactic and clinical bedside teaching in the USA and other countries.
More than 2,800 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Malawi in the areas of Education, Environment and Health since the program was established in 1963.
Global Health Services Partnership is a partnership launched in 2012 between the U.S. Peace Corps, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Seed Global Health. GHSP is committed to fulfill the following aims:
- Improve clinical education,
- Expand the base of physician and nursing educators, and
- Build healthcare capacity in countries that face critical shortages of healthcare providers.
The program is currently being implemented in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda.
About Peace Corps
Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 200,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 9,095 Volunteers are working with local communities in 75 host countries.
As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country.
About Seed Global Health
Seed Global Health partners with the U.S. Peace Corps to help strengthen health systems in Africa by deploying U.S. physicians and nurses to work with their counterparts in countries where they are most needed. Africa faces a crippling shortage of doctors, nurses and midwives, especially in low-resource settings. Through one-year placements as health practitioners and educators, our volunteers help build capacity by training healthcare workers, building local capacity, and ensuring sustainability.