U.S Embassy Lilongwe and MCC Celebrate the Closeout of the Five-year, $350 Million Malawi Compact

Lilongwe –Millennium Challenge Corporation Vice President, General Counsel and Board Secretary Jeanne Hauch today marked the closeout of the MCC Malawi Compact at a ceremony to commemorate the official hand-over and commissioning of the Nkula A Hydropower Station. MCC Vice President Hauch was joined by Malawi President Peter Mutharika, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer, ...
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U.S. First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to Malawi

First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi, known as the “warm heart of Africa,” on Thursday afternoon.  Mrs. Trump was greeted at the airport by the First Lady of Malawi, Gertrude Mutharika, and her granddaughter, who handed Mrs. Trump flowers.  Children and dancers performed at the arrival ceremony. The First Lady traveled to Chipala ...
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Important Voting Information for US Citizens

U.S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi Message for U.S. Citizens Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots Embassies and consulates are not polling places. Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 6th. U.S. citizens who want to ...
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Launch of the National HIV Drug Resistance and Biosafety Level II TB Laboratories

I am proud to join Hon. Minister Muluzi and the dedicated team of Malawian health professionals to open the world-class HIV Drug Resistance Molecular Laboratory and the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory, important milestones in the Malawian – and global – response to the HIV and TB pandemics.  With these two labs, Malawi will have new ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi

United States Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety of Travel to Mulanje District, Malawi July 26, 2018 The United States Embassy in Lilongwe is implementing temporary restrictions on its staff when traveling to Malawi’s Mulanje District out of an abundance of caution due to a resurgence of rumors of attacks by human ...
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United States and Malawi Sign MOU to Build Secondary Schools in Malawi

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer, Malawi’s Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Affairs Emmanuel Fabiano, and USAID Mission Director Littleton Tazewell have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand existing secondary schools and install new secondary schools throughout Malawi under the U.S. Government’s new Secondary ...
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U.S. and UK Assist in Training Malawi’s Peacekeepers

U.S. Army Africa and the UK’s British Peace Support Team recently advised and assisted in the training of Malawi Defense Force (MDF) peacekeeping operations soldiers in jungle warfare tactics for their upcoming United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) deployment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The recent ...
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We are closer than ever to ending AIDS, thanks to PEPFAR

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  President George W. Bush signed PEPFAR into law on May 27, 2003.  Over the past 15 years, the U.S. Government, through PEPFAR, has saved and improved millions of lives and completely transformed the global HIV/AIDS response. 
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Remarks by Ambassador Virginia Palmer at the Fabulous Women Event

Your Excellency Madame Gertrude Mutharika, First Lady of the Republic of Malawi Your Excellency Madame Mary Chilima, wife of the Vice President of Malawi Honorable Jean Kalilani, M.P., Minister of Gender, Disability and Social Welfare and other Cabinet Ministers here present Former First Ladies present here Members of the Judiciary Honorable Members of Parliament Senior ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi

Location: Worldwide Event: The U.S. government remains concerned that terrorists are intent on targeting U.S. citizens, including children.  Terrorists may employ a variety of tactics, such as violent assaults and kidnappings.  In the past they have used knives, guns, and vehicles as ramming devices.  They may target schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, transportation hubs, and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Palmer at the Press Freedom Day MISA Gala

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Chapter World Press Freedom Day Gala Awards Ceremony May 5, 2018 Mount Soche Hotel – Blantyre • Guest of Honor Minister of Information Nicholas Dausi • MISA-Malawi Chairperson Teresa Ndanga • UN Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres Macho • Professor ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi Location: Nationwide, including central areas of the cities of Lilongwe and Blantyre. Within Lilongwe, march participants plan to assemble in and around the Lilongwe Community Grounds near Kamuzu Central Hospital and will march north through the city center and along Chilambula Road to Presidential Way terminating at the ...
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Ambassador Palmer Dedicates Girl Toilets at School in Thyolo

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer handed over girl-friendly toilets to Kapichi Primary School in the area of Traditional Authority Kapichi in Thyolo District on April 16, 2018.  Over 1,700 students at Kapichi Primary School and in the surrounding community will benefit from the facility. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Ambassador Palmer said, “For societies ...
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Ambassador Palmer Opens Physiotherapy Clinic at School for Orphans in Blantyre

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer handed over a Physiotherapy Clinic building to Jacaranda School for Orphans on April 16, 2018 in Traditional Authority Kapeni, Blantyre District.  Speaking during the opening ceremony, Ambassador Palmer said: “I am delighted to officially open this clinic to support orphans and community members who cannot travel long distances to ...
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U.S. Ambassador Supports Local Organizations’ HIV/AIDS Intervention Projects

The U.S. Ambassador’s PEPFAR Small Grants Program, which supports small, innovative, community-driven projects in Malawi to stop the spread of HIV and mitigate the impacts of AIDs, today issued grants to ten (10) Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs), and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), working with grassroots communities from ten (10) districts across the ...
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U.S. Supports Basic Field Ranger Training in Malawi

The U.S. Government, in partnership with the Government of Malawi and conservation NGO African Parks, supported Basic Field Ranger Training for 34 Malawian Ranger recruits.  The January 22 – March 17, 2018 course took place in Liwonde, Malawi and equipped Ranger recruits with skills related to patrol formation, firearms handling, bush survival skills, and law ...
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A Sanctuary for Elephants: U.S. Forest Service Collaboration with African Parks in Malawi

Did you know that the US Forest Service has extensive wildlife management capacity? It does! That capacity is particularly useful in the agency’s nascent partnership with African Parks in Malawi, where a team of wildlife management specialists recently traveled to contribute their knowledge and expertise to advance African Parks’ vision of transforming Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve ...
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U.S. Supports Malawi’s Field Epidemiology Training Program

Nine graduates of Malawi’s Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP), supported by the U.S. Government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with Malawi’s Ministry of Health, recently completed a 3-month rigorous training program where they gained skills to analyze and use data to guide public health actions and investigate and respond to disease ...
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Millennium Challenge Account of Malawi Awards Competitive Tender to U.S. Firm

Lilongwe, February 14 – The Millennium Challenge Account of Malawi (MCA-M), the entity implementing a $350.7 million compact between the Government of Malawi and the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), announced this week that it awarded Ellicott Dredges LLC , of Baltimore, Maryland, USA, a $7 million competitively tendered contract.  The contract will support the Government of ...
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United States Assists Malawi To Combat Fall Armyworm

Lilongwe, February 13:   The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is actively assisting the government and people of Malawi to combat the invasive crop pest called fall army-worm.  USAID’s assistance to date has included media campaigns to educate farmers on pest identification and control, in-person trainings with farmers, technical messages for ...
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United States to Build New Embassy in Lilongwe

Lilongwe, February 5 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today announced that the Governments of the United States and Malawi have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the acquisition of property on which to build a new U.S. Embassy compound on Presidential Road in Lilongwe. “The United States has been a steadfast partner ...
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U.S. Supports Malawi’s “Health Center by Phone”

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer joined Malawian Minister of Health Atupele Muluzi and German Ambassador to Malawi Jürgen Borsch to officially open the Chipatala Cha Pa Foni (CCPF) – “Health Center by Phone” – service on Thursday, February 1, 2018. The CCPF is an innovative public/private initiative that enables Malawian citizens to call a ...
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McGovern-Dole Program Funding Opportunity

January 18 – The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has released a notice of funding opportunity under the McGovern-Dole program.  FAS expects to make multiple three to five year awards, totaling up to $190 million, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF FUNDING. FAS will accept applications for the following priority countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Services in Blantyre – January 25, 2018

U.S. Embassy Lilongwe – January 17, 2018 Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Services in Blantyre – January 25, 2018 The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, is hitting the road and will be in Blantyre on Thursday, January 25, 2018, to provide a range of consular services.  Save a trip to Lilongwe and ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

January 5, 2018  Message to U.S. Citizens:  Improvements to Safety and Security Information U.S. Embassy Lilongwe – On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will ...
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U.S. Ambassador’s Remarks on World AIDS Day

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer’s Address “Getting to Epidemic Control in Malawi” Commemoration of World AIDS Day December 1, 2017 10:00AM – 12:00PM Blantyre Youth Center, Blantyre District Minister Atupele Muluzi, MP, Minister of Health Dan Namarika, Secretary for Health His Worship, The Mayor, Councilor Willard Ndipo Eugene Nyarko, WHO Resident Representative Therese Poirier, ...
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U.S. Government Supports Completion of New Umodzi Family Center

Blantyre, December 1 – In commemoration of World AIDS Day today, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, and Malawi’s Minister of Health, Atupele Muluzi, together opened the new Umodzi Family Center on the campus of Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.  The U.S. Government, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and ...
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Millennium Challenge Corporation Releases 2018 Scorecards

Lilongwe, November 6 – On November 2, the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) released its 2018 scorecards.  Malawi continued to pass MCC’s scorecard by meeting the requirement of passing at least half of the 20 indicators overall, including the hard hurdles of Control of Corruption and Democratic Rights. MCC scorecards are comprised of 20 ...
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Administrator Visits Malawi

Lilongwe, October 31 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Administrator for the Foreign Agricultural Service, Office of Capacity Building and Development, Jocelyn Brown will visit Malawi October 31-November 4 to engage government leaders, local farmers and entrepreneurs, the private sector, and implementing partners to support increased agricultural productivity and trade.  Ms. Brown oversees the United ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Civil Disturbances along Chileka Road in Blantyre and Kachere

The U.S. Embassy has received multiple reports of a large civil disturbance disrupting traffic in Blantyre along Chileka Road near the intersection with the M1.  Malawi Police Service (MPS) has deployed multiple officers and utilized tear gas to disperse the crowd, but tensions remain high.
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Remarks by Ambassador Palmer at National Reading Program

Handover of Standard 2-4 Chichewa and English Textbooks to the Malawi National Reading Program  Chipala Primary School, Lilongwe Wednesday, October 4, 2017  Honorable Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka, SC; British High Commissioner to Malawi Holly Tett; Village Headman Ngomani and local leaders; Government of Malawi officials; Development partners; Head teacher, teachers, students, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Palmer on the MCC Compact

7th Semi-Annual Review Forum of the MCC Compact October 4, 2017 8:30 am  Sunbird Capital Hotel, Lilongwe Honorable Aggrey Masi, Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Patrick Mathanda, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Evelyn Mwapasa, CEO, ESCOM William Liabunya, CEO, EGENCO Ishmael Chioko, Acting CEO for the Malawi Energy Regulatory ...
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Ambassador Awards 13 Small Grants

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer recently signed 13 small grants totaling $175,000 to various community organizations to help improve living standards in rural areas across Malawi. The grants will fund the construction of girls’ school hostels in Machinga, Mulanje, and Ntchisi, furnish a previously-funded girls hostel in Dedza, construct a library/laboratory in Mzimba and ...
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Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Prevention and Services

Engender Health, as part of its Essential Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Prevention and Services Project funded by the United States Government, is seeking Letters of Interest from non-governmental organizations and other interested entities to: To strengthen coordination of GBV prevention and response in civil society organizations and government To strengthen linkages between and among multi-sectoral actors, ...
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Global Health Service Partnership Volunteers Serve in Malawi

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer swore-in seven new Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) Peace Corps Volunteers on September 25.  GHSP brings experienced American physicians and nurses to serve as faculty in the College of Medicine and Schools of Nursing across Malawi.  Since the program started, GHSP volunteers have taught more than 3,000 Malawian nursing ...
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U.S. Embassy Awards Grants to 13 Organizations to Benefit Rural Malawians

Lilongwe, October 3 – Thirteen Malawian community organizations today received grants totaling $175,000 (MK130million) under the U.S. Embassy’s Economic Support Fund-Health and Development Africa Challenge Pilot Program at a ceremony held today at the U.S. Embassy. This year’s Health and Development grants will fund construction of three girls’ hostels, three libraries/laboratories, one under-five clinic, one ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Safety for Mulanje, Thyolo, Chiradzulu, and Phalombe

The U.S. Embassy continues to temporarily prohibit its staff from traveling to Malawi’s Mulanje District due to ongoing acts of vigilante justice stemming from rumors of persons attempting to steal blood from local residents for ritualistic use in so-called black magic or other nefarious purposes—these persons are colloquially called “bloodsuckers.”
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety of Travel to Mulanje District, Malawi

The United States Embassy in Lilongwe is temporarily prohibiting its staff from traveling to Malawi’s Mulanje District out of an abundance of caution due to ongoing violence and tensions related to persistent rumors of attacks by human “bloodsuckers” in the villages in the area that have led to acts of vigilante justice. 
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Statement by Malawi’s Development Partners at High Level Forum, September 2017

As Malawi’s Development Partners and friends, we are pleased to participate in today’s High Level Forum on Inclusive and Accelerated MGDSIII Implementation and the critical issues of population growth and decentralization.  We appreciate the government’s inclusive approach to both preparations for this forum and the MGDSIII itself; this highlights the fact that Malawi’s development is ...
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Malawi Delegation Participates in Solar Power International

Organized by the U.S. Embassy, a group of Malawian government and business representatives attended the  Solar Power International  trade show September 10-13 in Las Vegas, Nevada to identify opportunities to expand the use of solar power in Malawi.  The delegation identified products and new technologies that could be useful in addressing the needs of Malawians, including lithium batteries ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Attacks On and Around Mt. Mulanje

The Malawi Police Service reports that there have been at least two separate attacks on visitors to the Mount Mulanje area this past weekend (September 16-17) by local residents.  These attacks appear to be motivated by a persistent rumor which developed over the weekend describing the potential for attacks by vampires or bloodsuckers in the ...
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Joint Statement by U.S. Ambassador and UK High Commissioner

Lilongwe, September 5 – The following joint statement was made today by the U.S. Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, and the UK High Commissioner to Malawi, Holly Tett: “Malawi’s democratic record is a model for Africa and beyond.  As Malawi’s development partners, we support Malawi’s preparations for another round of democratic elections (by-elections and general elections ...
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U.S. Ambassador Tours a Gender-Based Violence Project in Dowa

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today witnessed successes registered in the United State Government-funded Economic Empowerment of Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Malawi implemented by UN women and the Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (COWLHA).  The project is implemented in Lilongwe, Ntchisi, and Dowa to strengthen the economic empowerment of women ...
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65 New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn-In

Kasungu, August 24 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today swore-in a group of 65 new Peace Corps Volunteers at a ceremony in Traditional Authority Njombwa in Kasungu.  This group marks one of the largest cohorts of Peace Corps Volunteers ever sworn-in in Malawi.  For the next two years, the new volunteers will support ...
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Africa Endeavor Opens in Malawi

On August 21, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer joined Malawi’s Deputy Minister of Defense Everton Chimulirenji, Commander of the Malawi Defense Force General Griffin Supuni Phiri, and U.S. Africa Command’s Deputy Commander Lieutenant General James Vechery to officially open the Africa Endeavor military symposium held in Lilongwe.  The symposium brings together military officers from ...
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USAID Participates in National Agriculture Fair

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), participated in Malawi’s National Agriculture Fair held in Blantyre August 16-19.  Twenty USAID implementing partners participated in the event showcasing the work they’re doing, supported by USAID, to enhance Malawi’s agriculture industry.  On August 16, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer welcomed Malawian ...
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U.S. Ambassador Hands Over a Library to Chigumukire Community Day Secondary School

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today handed over a library building and books to Chigumukire Community Day Secondary School in the area of Traditional Authority Kuntaja in Blantyre District. The community library was constructed in 2016 with funding from the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund and is supporting over 400 students and community members ...
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WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Malawi Begins July 30

Lilongwe, July 26 – Following the success of the WiSci (Women in Science) Girls STEAM Camp held in Peru last year and in Rwanda in 2015 , this year’s WiSci Girls STEAM Camp will take place in Malawi, July 30–August 1 4.  A public-private partnership designed to expand STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and mathematics) exposure and opportunities for adolescent girls, this year’s camp brings together 100 students from Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, ...
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U.S. Embassy Awards Fulbright and Humphrey Grants to Four Malawians to Study in the United States

Lilongwe, July 17 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today announced that three Malawians have been selected to receive prestigious Fulbright grants to pursue master’s degree studies in the United States starting in the 2017-18 academic year, and one Malawian will pursue a professional development program in the United States under the Hubert Humphrey ...
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U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Remarks at Bonn Challenge Ministerial

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Andrew Herrup Opening Remarks – Bonn Challenge Ministerial July 12, 2017 Lilongwe, Malawi   All Honorable Ministers here present, Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining of the Republic of Malawi Honorable Bright Msaka, The Head of Division for Forest Conservation and Climate in the German Federal Ministry for the ...
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A message from President Trump on Malawi’s 53rd Independence Day

U.S. President Donald Trump recently sent Malawian President Peter Mutharika the following congratulatory message: Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the United States and all Americans, I extend our sincere and best wishes on the 53rd anniversary of Malawi’s independence on July 6. The United States and Malawi share a deep commitment to protecting and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Palmer at the U.S Embassy’s Independence Day Celebration on July 4, 2017

Our Guest of Honor, Honorable Francis Kasaila, Minister of Foreign Affairs Speaker of the National Assembly Right Honorable Richard Msowoya and Members of Parliament here present Cabinet members and judges here present Honorable Lazarus Chakwera Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly and Leaders of other Political Parties here present, Your Excellency Madam Tandiwe Dumbutshena, ...
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Fact Sheet: Aviation Enhanced Security Measures for All Commercial Flights to the United States

  Release Date: June 28, 2017 The United States and the global aviation community face an adaptive and agile enemy. Terrorist groups continue to target passenger aircraft, and we have seen a “spider web” of threats to commercial aviation as terrorist pursue new attack methods.  Based on these concerns, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ...
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Ambassador Palmer’s June 24 Remarks at Lions Club of Capital City, Lilongwe

Lilongwe June 24, 2017 Lions Club of Capital City President Keta Mwaleweni and Immediate Past President Washington Kaimvi Clement Mndala, Past District Governor, Lions District 412; Rotarian Dean Lungu, Past District Governor, Rotary District 9210; Lion Joyce Njoloma, President, Lilongwe Lions Club .Chief Secretary to the Government of Malawi Mr. Lloyd Muhura Distinguished members of ...
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U.S. Ambassador Visits Western Malawi

On June 20, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer visited several U.S. Government funded projects in western Malawi near Mchinji — including an innovative public-private agricultural partnership with RAB Processors supported by USAID/Malawi, a new milk tank for a dairy cooperative funded by the U.S. Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund , an active community radio station founded 11 years ago with USAID ...
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U.S. Ambassador Virginia Palmer at the Closing Ceremony of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies Seminar

Remarks by Ambassador Virginia Palmer ACSS Closing Ceremony Bingu International Conference Center Lilongwe, Malawi Friday, June 23, 2017, 4:30-5:30pm Malawi Defense Force Commander, General Griffin Supuni Phiri; ACSS Dean of Academic Affairs and Course Director, Dr. Raymond Gilpin; ACSS Professor of Practice and Deputy Course Director, Dr. Luka Kuol; Our African partner general officers; Our ...
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ACSS To Hold “Managing Security Resources in Africa: Southern Africa Seminar” in Malawi

Lilongwe, June 20 – The Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), a division of the U.S. National Defense University in Washington, DC, in collaboration with the Malawi Defense Force (MDF), will convene a multilateral seminar focused on implications of resource management in Southern Africa’s security sector to take place June 20-23, 2017 in Lilongwe, Malawi.  ...
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19 Malawians Headed to United States to Participate in YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship

Lilongwe, June 6 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today announced that 19 Malawian young leaders will participate in the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in the United States.  Malawi’s contingent in this year’s program has increased from 16 participants in 2016 to 19 Fellows in 2017. Ambassador Palmer congratulated the ...
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Recruiting for Solar Power International, September 10-13, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi is currently recruiting a delegation to attend Solar Power International, September 10-13, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Solar Power International is expected to attract over 650 exhibitors and over 18,000 attendees from more than 100 countries.  Focused on providing the latest updates and information on the solar industry, SPI ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Palmer at the Closing Ceremony of the 2017 African Land Forces Summit

May 11, 2017. His Excellency Vincent Winstone Ghambi, Deputy Minister of Defense General Griffin Spoon Phiri, Commander of the Malawi Defense Force Major General Joseph Harrington, Commanding General, United States Army Africa Land Forces Commanders General Officers Distinguished ladies and gentlemen. I am truly honored to join you all today at the closing ceremony of ...
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African Land Forces Summit Held in Lilongwe

Malawi hosted the 2017 African Land Forces Summit, a U.S. Army Africa-sponsored event that brought together land force chiefs from 44 African countries to discuss solutions to challenges across Africa.  The event was held in Lilongwe, Malawi on May 8-11, 2017.  Learn more at:  https://www.army.mil/standto/2017-05-10 and: https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/ALFS17  . Click here for the remarks by Ambassador Palmer at the ALFS ...
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Malawi To Host African Land Forces Summit

LILONGWE, May 2 – The United States and the Republic of Malawi will co-host the 2017 African Land Forces Summit (ALFS) to be held in Lilongwe, Malawi, May 8-11, 2017.  The summit is a weeklong seminar bringing together land force chiefs from across Africa for candid dialogue to discuss and develop cooperative solutions to regional ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Lilongwe’s City Center and Parliament

The U.S. Embassy has received multiple reports of a protest of approximately 60 people near the Area 18 roundabout in Lilongwe.  This protest appears to be related to university closures and fees.  There have been no reports of violence.  The group is expected to head east along Presidential Hwy and proceed to the civic offices ...
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U.S. Ambassador Hosts ‘Fabulous Women’

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer on April 12 hosted a “Fabulous Women” reception to celebrate women and some of the amazing achievements Malawian women have accomplished in the past year.  Ambassador Palmer highlighted the first all-female flight on Malawian Airlines and the constitutional amendment combating child marriage as some of the milestones attained by ...
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Malawians Participate in Pan African Youth Leadership Program

Five Malawian secondary school students and one Malawian teacher departed Malawi on April 7 to participate in the Pan African Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) – a U.S. Government funded program that provides secondary school participants with a unique educational exchange experience for three weeks in the United States. PAYLP provides leadership training, cultural excursions, and classroom ...
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U.S. Congratulates Malawi Defense Force

On April 6, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer congratulated the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) on becoming “Full Training Capable” for UN peacekeeping forces.  This rare accomplishment certifies the MDF as one of the few militaries in Africa that is able to train soldiers for peacekeeping operations without the need for foreign assistance. At a ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Virginia Palmer at the ‘Fabulous Women’ Reception, April 12, 2017

Your Excellency Madame Gertrude Mutharika, First Lady of the Republic of Malawi Right Honorable Mrs. Mary Chilima, wife of the Right Honorable Vice President Honorable Jean Kalilani, Minister of Gender and Social Welfare Former First Ladies present here Senior Chief Teresa Kachindamoto Members of the Judiciary Honorable Members of Parliament Deputy Mayor of Lilongwe Juliana ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Virginia Palmer at the Graduation of MALBAT 9

Remarks by Ambassador Virginia Palmer Graduation of Malawi Peacekeeping Battalion Nine  (MALBAT 9) Machinga Hills Training Ground Thursday, April 6, 2017, 10:30am   Malawi Defense Force Commander, General Griffin Supuni Phiri; British High Commissioner to Malawi, Holly Tett; Commander of British Peace Support – South Africa, Colonel Sasha Tomes; Commander, 1/32nd Cavalry Squadron, Lieutenant Colonel ...
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Remarks of USAID Deputy Mission Director Peter Trenchard at Launch of the Malawi Government Payments Roadmap

March 30, 2017 I am very pleased to join you this morning for the launch of Malawi’s Government Payments Roadmap.  The work you are beginning today is more than using electronic transfers to pay civil servants.  Your work is to empower every Malawian through greater access to digital financial services. Your work has the potential ...
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U.S. Supports Malawi’s Disease Outbreak Response

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with Malawi’s Ministry of Health, on March 22 coordinated a graduation ceremony in Blantyre, Malawi for Malawi’s third cohort of Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) Frontline trainees.  These seven Malawian Ministry of Health and Agriculture officials successfully completed a 3-month ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Local Organizations’ HIV Intervention Projects

The U.S. Ambassador’s PEPFAR Small Grants Program for HIV/AIDS today issued grants to eleven Non-Governmental Organizations and Community Based Organizations working with grassroots communities from eight districts.  The projects are expected to reduce new HIV infections and HIV/AIDS related stigma and discrimination; increase availability of HIV/AIDS services such as Testing and Counselling and condom distribution ...
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U.S. Applauds Successes in Malawi’s Health Sector

Released on March 15, 2017, the 2015/16 Malawi Demographic Health Survey (MDHS), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), highlights the successes and challenges facing Malawi’s health sector.  The MDHS revealed a 22.8 percent decline in Malawi’s birthrate since 2010; 73 percent decline in under-5 deaths since 1992, confirming Malawi’s success in meeting ...
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USAID Mission Director Remarks at Malawi Demographic Health Survey Symposium – March 15, 2017

  Salutations: The Honorable Goodall Gondwe, Minister of Finance for Malawi The Honorable Dr. McPhail Magwira, Secretary for Health for Malawi Mrs. Mercy Kanyuka, Commissioner of the National Statistical Office for Malawi Officials from Government and Development Partners Representatives from Non-governmental Organizations and Civil Society Ladies and gentlemen I am very pleased to join you ...
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U.S. Supports Humanitarian Relief Efforts in Malawi

On February 23-24, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer visited several locations in Zomba district in southern Malawi to observe U.S. Government-funded emergency response efforts implemented by the World Food Program. Ambassador Palmer toured an emergency food distribution facility serving 700 beneficiaries, a community that supports soil conservation projects in exchange for food assistance, and a primary school that provides ...
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Millennium Challenge Corporation Delegation Visits Malawi

LILONGWE, February 27 – The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Acting Vice President for the Department of Compact Operations Kyeh Kim, Acting Vice President for the Department of Policy and Evaluation Tom Kelly, and Chief Economist Mark Sundberg, are visiting Lilongwe February 26-28, 2017. The MCC delegation will hold high level discussions with government of Malawi ...
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Culinary Diplomacy Highlights Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato

On February 15, Embassy Lilongwe partnered with American Food Network-featured chef Claudia Sansone to present a day-long “Culinary Diplomacy” program highlighting the orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP).  Chef Claudia Sansone worked with four Malawian chef trainees from the Malawi Institute of Tourism to prepare several dishes featuring the highly nutritious OFSP as a key ingredient.  The ...
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United States Announces Additional $4.6 Million in Food Assistance

LILONGWE, February 15 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today announced a new United States donation of $4.6 million (MK 3.3 billion) to assist Malawian people in need of humanitarian food assistance. This additional donation is in response to the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee’s (MVAC) report that 6.7 million Malawians need humanitarian food assistance ...
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Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ...
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Attention U.S. Citizens in Malawi – Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)

Are you passionate about public service and want to represent the U.S. around the world? A challenging and rewarding career in the U.S. Foreign Service is waiting for you. The opportunity to work and experience cultures, customs and people of different nations is truly a career unlike any other. The U.S. Embassy in Malawi will ...
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The U.S. Department of State and Partners Announce Third Annual WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Malawi

Lilongwe, December 19 – The U.S. Department of State, the United Nation Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, and other partners announces the opening of applications for the third annual Women in Science ( WiSci ) Girls STEAM Camp at the Malawi University of Science and Technology in Thyolo, Malawi from July 30 to August 15, 2017. During ...
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New Study Shows Great Strides in Responding to HIV Epidemic in Malawi

LILONGWE, December 2 – Malawi’s Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the United States Government through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is pleased to announce the results of the Malawi Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (MPHIA) conducted between 2015 and 2016 across Malawi. KEY FINDING:  The results show that among adults ages ...
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U.S. Contributes $6 Million to Address Gender-Based Violence in Malawi and Tanzania

Lilongwe, December 12 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer and visiting U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine M. Russell announced $6 million (MK 4.4 billion) in new funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. The funding is part of a comprehensive program to address and respond to gender-based violence in Malawi ...
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Leveraging Support for Adolescent Girls and Young Women

The U.S. Embassy in Malawi hosted a high-level delegation December 8-10 including Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and officials from the Global Partnership for Education, Girls Not Brides, and ...
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Ambassador Virginia E. Palmer World AIDS Day Commemoration December 1, 2016 Dedza Stadium

Guest of Honor, Her Excellency Madam Dr. Gertrude Mutharika Minister of Health Dr. Peter Kumpalume Secretary for Health, Dr. McPhail Magwira WHO Country Representative Dr. Eugene Nyarko UNAIDS Resident Representative, Ms. Amakobe Sande and other representatives of international organizations The Executive Director of the National AIDS Commission, Mr. Davie Kalomba Members of Parliament present Distinguished ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer Remarks on behalf of Donor Partners at NAP launch

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer Remarks on Behalf of the Donor Committee on Agriculture and Food Security at the National Agricultural Policy and National Irrigation Policy Launch November 30, 2016 Your Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, and First Lady Dr. Gertrude Muthariaka Right Honorable Dr. Saulos Chilima, Vice President of ...
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U.S. Supports Malawi’s Cultural Preservation

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer on October 12 presented a grant for $39,032 to the Museums of Malawi to carry out activities related to the safeguarding of Sena, Yao, and Chewa performing arts in Nsanje, Mangochi, and Kasungu districts in Malawi.  The grant was awarded through a worldwide competition of the Ambassadors Fund for ...
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United States Announces Additional $23 Million in Food Assistance

LILONGWE, November 1 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today announced a new United States donation of $23 million (MK 17 billion) to assist Malawian people in need of humanitarian food assistance. This additional donation is in response to the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee’s (MVAC) report that 6.5 million Malawians need humanitarian food assistance ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer at the Launch of Malawi’s National Registration Information System (NRIS) on October 27, 2016

Your Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi and Your Excellency Dr. Gertrude Mutharika, First Lady of the Republic of Malawi The Right Honourable Vice President of The Republic of Malawi Dr. Salous Chilima and Mrs. Mary Chilima Honorable Grace Obama Chiumia, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security  (I love ...
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UPDATED – Entry Requirements for Malawi

This message is to remind U.S. citizens that Malawi has introduced a system of visas and entry fees for nationals of countries which require Malawians to pay visa fees. This applies to U.S. citizens. This message also contains an important update on the elimination of Malawi’s “visa letter” scheme. According to the Government of Malawi, ...
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Malawi to Host 2017 WiSci STEAM Camp

The U.S. Department of State has announced that the third annual Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics) Camp will be held during the summer of 2017 in Malawi.  WiSci, in partnership with the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Initiative, Intel Corporation, and Google, will bring approximately 100 high ...
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U.S. Supports Malawi’s Cultural Preservation

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer on October 12 presented a grant for $39,032 to the Museums of Malawi to carry out activities related to the safeguarding of Sena, Yao, and Chewa performing arts in Nsanje, Mangochi, and Kasungudistricts in Malawi. The grant was awarded through a worldwide competition of the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural ...
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DREAMS Innovation in Malawi

The U.S. Government’s DREAMS Innovation Challenge, which uses new approaches to reduce HIV infections, is awarding $18.6 million for new projects in Zomba and Machinga districts. This is in addition to the $14 million of DREAMS programs in Malawi previously announced. New activities will include support for vocational training and access to loans for small ...
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Let Girls Learn Expands in Malawi

The United States has announced an additional $25 million in funding for Let Girls Learn activities in Malawi and Tanzania.  Since the launch of the initiative by President and Mrs. Obama in 2015, the U.S. has invested over $600 million in Let Girls Learn programs in 13 countries across Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and ...
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U.S. Expands School Feeding Program in Malawi

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program reduces hunger and promotes girls education through school feeding assistance programs in Malawi and around the world.  Building on a recent award to the World Food Program in Malawi, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will contribute an additional $7 million that will help keep adolescent Malawian girls in school by providing school meals, ...
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U.S. Expands School Feeding Program in Malawi

The U.S.  Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program reduces hunger and promotes girls education through school feeding assistance programs in Malawi and around the world.  Building on a recent award to the World Food Program in Malawi, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will contribute an additional $7 million that will help keep adolescent Malawian girls in school by providing school meals, ...
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Peace Corps Director Visits Malawi

The Director of the United States Peace Corps, Carrie Hessler-Radelet, visited Malawi October 1-5 to engage government leaders, civil society partners, and American Peace Corps Volunteers across Malawi to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Peace Corps Response Program.  The Peace Corps Response Program sends experienced American professionals to undertake short-term, high-impact service assignments in communities around Malawi ...
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Passport Execution Fee to Change

The Department of State has published a notice of proposed rulemaking that notifies the public of the intention to change the passport execution fee. The Department of State intends to raise the passport execution fee by $10, from $25 to $35. The passport execution fee is applicable to all first-time passport applicants and certain other ...
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Demonstrations in Lilongwe – Chidzanja Road and Kamuzu Hospital Area

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of multiple protests along Chidzanja Road and in the area of Kamuzu Central Hospital. These protests appear to be in support of the strike by Malawian teachers. These protests are impeding the flow of traffic on the road and protestors have thrown debris at passing cars. Malawi Police Service ...
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DREAMS Innovation in Malawi

The U.S. Government’s DREAMS Innovation Challenge, which uses new approaches to reduce HIV infections, is awarding $18.6 million for new projects in Zomba and Machinga districts.  This is in addition to the $14 million of DREAMS programs in Malawi previously announced.  New activities will include support for vocational training and access to loans for small ...
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Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn-in

13 new American Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn-in on August 31 to begin their two years of service in Malawi as English Teachers and Teacher Trainers at Community Day Secondary Schools in Kasungu, Chitipa, Zomba, Lilongwe, Rumphi, Mulanje, Chikwawa, Thyolo, Blantyre, Chipoka and Chiradzulu. Since 1963, more than 2,900 American Peace Corps volunteers have partnered with Malawians to build capacity ...
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U.S. Supports Anti-Wildlife Crime Training

Representatives of the Office of Law Enforcement of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency of the United States Government, visited Malawi October 22-29.  At the request of the Malawian Police Service and in partnership with the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, the representatives trained Malawian, Zambian, and Tanzanian wildlife and law enforcement officers on ...
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United States Announces Additional $47.46 Million in Food Assistance

LILONGWE, August 19 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today announced a new United States donation of US$47.46 million (MK35.6 billion) to Malawi to assist people in need of humanitarian food assistance. This is in response to the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee’s (MVAC) report that 6.5 million Malawians need humanitarian food assistance to alleviate ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATED – Entry Fees for Malawi

This message is to remind U.S. citizens that Malawi has introduced a system of visas and entry fees for nationals of countries which require Malawians to pay visa fees. This applies to U.S. citizens. This message also contains important updates on Malawi’s “visa letter” scheme. According to the Government of Malawi, with the exception of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Forget to Register to Vote

There are less than 90 days until the U.S. elections and time may running out to make your vote count!  Voting is a right of every U.S. citizen—even those living overseas—but voting regulations vary from state to state, including deadlines and methods to return an absentee ballot. The best source of information on elections, about ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Malawi’s mHub

On August 16 U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer awarded a grant for $12,945 to the mHub in Lilongwe to train and mentor 40 aspiring female entrepreneurs with business and information communication technology (ICT) skills.  The mHub was founded in 2013 by Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) alumna Rachel Sibande.  Ambassador Palmer encouraged the young ...
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U.S. Awards Small Grants to Five Malawian Community

Lilongwe, August 18 – Five Malawian community organizations today received grants totaling $40,000 (MK29 million) from the United States African Development Foundation (USADF), an independent agency of the United States Government, at a ceremony held today at the U.S. Embassy. This year’s grants will support two value-adding groundnut and sunflower oil processing centers, two honey ...
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U.S. and Malawi Hold Military Exercise

The U.S. military, in partnership with the Malawi Defense Force (MDF) and partner nations, successfully conducted the Southern Accord 2016 command post exercise and a disaster relief exercise held in Malawi August 1-12. Southern Accord is an annual joint military exercise that brings together Southern African Development Community (SADC) partner nations and U.S. Army Africa ...
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U.S. Provides Farming and Nutritional Assistance to Malawi

On July 21, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Malawi Mission Director Doug Arbuckle and Erica Maganga, Permanent Secretary of Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, launched a new 5-year, $15-million project to provide farming and nutritional training and information to more than 1 million Malawian households.  The Feed the Future Malawi Strengthening ...
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Ambassador Palmer’s August 2, 2016 Remarks at Ministry of Health Test and Treat Launch

Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Peter Kampalume Secretary for Health, Dr. McPhail Magwira. WHO Country Representative Dr. Eugene Nyarko UNAIDS Resident Representative, Ms. Amakobe Sande and other representatives of international organizations The Executive Director of the National AIDS Commission, Mr. Davie Kalomba Ladies and Gentlemen I’m delighted to join in the launch of Test and ...
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Online Appointments for American Citizens Services

Effective immediately, the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, is implementing an online appointment system for American Citizens Services (ACS) . Non-emergency ACS appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., and on Fridays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., except on U.S. and Malawian holidays. Click here to schedule an ACS Appointment. Emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Services for ...
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U.S. Second Lady Visits Malawi

U.S. Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden visited Malawi July 18-20. During her visit, Dr. Biden announced $20 million (MK14 billion) in food assistance to support vulnerable, food insecure communities in Malawi, bringing the U.S. Government’s total emergency food assistance to Malawi to $74.7 million (MK 52 billion) since October 2015.  Dr. Biden also visited U.S. ...
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U.S. Second Lady Visits Malawi

U.S. Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden visited Malawi July 18-20. During her visit, Dr. Biden announced $20 million (MK14 billion) in food assistance to support vulnerable, food insecure communities in Malawi, bringing the U.S. Government’s total emergency food assistance to Malawi to $74.7 million (MK 52 billion) since October 2015.  Dr. Biden also visited U.S. ...
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U.S. Second Lady Announces $20 Million in Food Assistance

Machinjiri, July 19 – during her ongoing three-day visit to Malawi, the Second Lady of the United States of America, Dr. Jill Biden, today announced the United States is donating $20 million (MK14 billion) in food assistance to support vulnerable, food insecure communities in Malawi. This brings the United States’ total contribution to the humanitarian ...
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Development Partner Remarks – Launch of the Malawi Food Insecurity Plan

Your Excellency, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi The Right Honorable Dr. Saulos Chilima, Vice President of the Republic of Malawi The Honorable Dr. George Chaponda, MP,  Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development and other Cabinet Ministers here present Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Representatives of International Organizations Ladies and Gentlemen ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates July 4

On July 1 U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer hosted celebrations to commemorate U.S. Independence Day which officially falls on July 4. Ambassador Palmer pledged continued U.S. partnership and support to Malawi and wished Malawians peace and prosperity as the nation commemorates its own independence on July 6. Read Ambassador Palmer’s full remarks Here   and Click here  to ...
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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Visits Malawi

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield visited Malawi June 28-30 to engage Malawian government, parliament, military, and civil society leaders in conversations regarding the U.S.-Malawi relationship. Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield underscored the long-standing strong relationship between the two countries and pledged continued U.S. assistance to Malawi, particularly in the realm of food ...
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President Obama Congratulates Malawi

On July 6, Malawi’s Independence Day, U.S. President Barack Obama wrote Malawian President Arthur Peter Mutharika the following: Dear Mr. President: I offer my sincere congratulations on behalf of the United States of America to you and the Malawian people on the 52nd anniversary of Malawi’s independence on July 6. Our nations share a deep ...
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Remarks by Honourable Francis Kasaila, M.P., 2016 July 4th Celebration

Your Excellency, Virginia Palmer, Ambassador of the United States of America to Malawi; Your Excellency, Tandiwe Dumbutshena, Ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps; Right Honourable Richard Msowoya, Speaker of Malawi Parliament; Honourable Ministers and Deputy Ministers, here present; Dr Lazarus Chakwera, Leader of the opposition in Parliament and President ...
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2016 Ambassador Palmer July 4 speech

2016 July 4th Celebration  Our Guest of Honor, Honorable Francis Kasaila, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Speaker of the National Assembly Right Honorable Richard Msowoya, MP Honorable Lazarus Chakwera, MP,  Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly and Leaders of other Political Parties here present, Secretary for Foreign ...
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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Visits Malawi

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield visited Malawi June 28-30 to engage Malawian government, parliament, military, and civil society leaders in conversations regarding the U.S.-Malawi relationship. Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield underscored the long-standing strong relationship between the two countries and pledged continued U.S. assistance to Malawi, particularly in the realm of food ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Schedule for July 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Monday, July 4, Wednesday, July 6, for the U.S. and Malawi Independence Day holidays, respectively. The Eid El Fitr holiday is also expected to be celebrated during the same week, July 4-8. No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for ...
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U.S. Embassy Awards Participatory Rural Development Organization a $25,000 Grant

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today signed a $25,000 grant to the Participatory Rural Development Organization (PRDO) to help over 13,000  refugees at Luwani Refugee Camp in Neno. The funds will improve access to water, sanitation, and hygiene practices that will reduce the risk of disease outbreak among the refugees at  the camp.  Speaking ...
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Four Malawians Awarded Fulbright and Humphrey Grants

Lilongwe, May 24 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today announced that three Malawians have been selected to receive prestigious Fulbright grants to pursue Master’s Degree studies in the United States starting in the 2016-17 academic year, and one Malawian will pursue a professional development program in the United States under the Hubert Humphrey ...
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Blantyre Town Hall Meeting May 19, 2016

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be sponsoring a town hall meeting for U.S. citizens in Blantyre on Thursday, May 19, at the Hong Kong Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. The Consular Officer will be available to provide some consular services, such as notarials and accepting applications for passport ...
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U.S. Embassy Congratulates Outstanding Journalists

Congratulations to all the Malawian journalists who were recognized for their outstanding work at last Saturday’s gala awards dinner presented by the Media Institute of South Africa (MISA) Malawi! The U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer was delighted to hand over awards in the three categories sponsored by the U.S. Embassy – the “Raphael Tenthani Columnist ...
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US Embassy Joins Press Freedom Celebrations

The U.S. Embassy proudly participated in the annual World Press Freedom Day celebrations held last weekend in Mangochi, Malawi.  Public Affairs Officer E.J. Monster joined representatives of Malawi’s government, academia, and civil society in a lively panel discussion on the state of freedom of expression in Malawi. The U.S. Embassy supports press freedom in Malawi ...
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30 New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn-In

Lilongwe, May 12 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today swore-in a group of 30 new environment and health sector Peace Corps Volunteers at a ceremony which took place at Traditional Authority Njombwa in Kasungu district. For the next two years these 30 new Peace Corps Volunteers will serve at hospitals and health centers, ...
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MCC CEO Visits Malawi

United States Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Chief Executive Officer Dana Hyde visited Malawi May 8-10 to review progress to date on the implementation of MCC’s Compact with the Government of Malawi. Among other engagements, CEO Hyde presided over the ground-breaking ceremony for a new MCC-funded 400 kV transmission substation at Nkhoma and handed-over new houses ...
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Ambassadors Host ‘Fabulous Women’

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer and U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell hosted current and former Malawian First Ladies, women diplomats, ministers, entrepreneurs, lawyers, judges, members of parliament, and other renowned women in various fields at an April 27 reception in honor of ‘Fabulous Women.’  Malawi’s First Lady, Madam Gertrude Mutharika, was ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Schedule for May 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Monday, May 2, Monday, May 16, and Monday, May 30, for the Labor Day (Malawi), Kamuzu Day (Malawi), and Memorial Day (U.S.) holidays respectively. No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for those days and no walk-in appointments will be ...
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U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Visits Malawi

Lilongwe, April 26 – U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine M. Russell will visit Malawi April 26 – 30.  She will meet with government officials, local leaders, members of civil society, and students to learn more about the status of adolescent girls – particularly their health, education, and safety.  Her trip is part of a new U.S. ...
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U.S. and Ministry of Health Launch Epidemiologic Capacity Enhancement Program

Lilongwe, April 18 – Today Malawian Minister of Health Dr. Peter Kumpalume and the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy Michael Gonzales launched a new Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) program to strengthen Malawi’s disease surveillance and response capacity.  The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is providing approximately ...
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16 Malawians Headed to U.S. to Participate in President Obama’s YALI

Lilongwe, April 13 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer and the visiting U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Todd Haskell, today announced that 16 Malawian young leaders have been selected to participate in the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in the United States.  Malawi’s contingent in this year’s ...
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U.S. College Fair Attracts Malawian Students

Over 500 Malawian students aspiring to pursue higher education in the U.S. interacted with U.S. Embassy staff and family members, Fulbright Grantees, Peace Corps Volunteers, and Malawian alumni of U.S. colleges who volunteered their time and enthusiasm to offer information and advice on study opportunities in the U.S. during the U.S. Embassy’s biennial U.S. College Fair ...
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Global Fund and USG Establish Hotline to Report Stolen Anti-Malaria Medicine

Lilongwe – Today, the Office of the Inspector General of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Inspector General and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, announced the launch of two campaigns ...
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Consular Closures During the Week of 4 – 8 April 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Monday, April 4, through the morning of Tuesday, April 5, and during the afternoon of Thursday, April 7, due to mandatory staff training and in-country travel by the Consular Officer. No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for those days ...
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U.S. Announces Additional Food Assistance

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer on February 29 announced an additional donation of US$27 million (MK 20 billion) of food assistance from the United States to support vulnerable, food insecure communities in Malawi.  This brings the United States’ total contribution to the humanitarian response to US$55 million (MK 41 billion), 44 percent of the ...
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Holiday and Consular Schedule for March 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Thursday, March 3, Friday, March 25, and Monday, March 28, 2016, for the Martyrs Day (Malawi), Good Friday (Malawi), and Easter Monday (Malawi) holidays, respectively. No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for those days and no walk-in appointments will ...
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U.S., Malawi Sign Power Africa MOU

Malawian Minister of Natural Resources, Energy, and Mining Bright Msaka, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer, and Power Africa Coordinator Andrew Herscowitz on February 26 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States and Malawi regarding Malawi’s continued participation in the U.S. presidential initiative known as Power Africa. Power Africa is a U.S. ...
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U.S. Donates $27m in Food Commodities

United States Donates $27 Million in Additional Food Commodities For Malawi Humanitarian Assistance Efforts              LILONGWE, February 29, 2016:  Pursuant to discussions with H.E. President Arthur Peter Mutharika on steps to break the recurrent cycle of food insecurity, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today announced an additional donation of US$27 ...
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Malawi and U.S. Sign Power Africa Memorandum of Understanding

LILONGWE, February 26, 2016:  Minister of Natural Resources, Energy, and Mining Bright Msaka, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer, and Power Africa Coordinator Andrew Herscowitz today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States and Malawi regarding Malawi’s continued participation in the U.S. presidential initiative known as Power Africa.  Power Africa is a ...
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Malawi Signs Military Agreement with the United States

Malawi Signs Military Cooperation Agreement with the United States LILONGWE, February 24, 2016: Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. George Chaponda, MP, and U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today signed a military cooperation agreement between the United States and Malawi.  Consistent with a long-standing bilateral agreement on U.S. assistance to Malawi, the new ...
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Malawi Signs Military Cooporation Agreement with USG

LILONGWE, February 24, 2016:  Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. George Chaponda, MP, and U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today signed a military cooperation agreement between the United States and Malawi.  Consistent with a long-standing bilateral agreement on U.S. assistance to Malawi, the new agreement provides the framework for continued military cooperation, ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations or Civil Disorder in Lilongwe

Following a disturbance near the Parliament Building in Lilongwe and subsequent arrests, there have been reports of political demonstrations near Parliament, the Malawi Police Service (MPS) Headquarters in Lilongwe, Area 30, along the M1 highway north of the city, and possibly other police facilities. U.S. Embassy has instructed its staff to avoid these areas at ...
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U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits Malawi

A U.S. Congressional delegation led by Senator James Inhofe visited Malawi on February 19. The delegation met with President Arthur Peter Mutharika to discuss U.S.-Malawi relations, particularly related to security cooperation. The delegation also met with Malawian members of parliament. The delegation reaffirmed the strong partnership between the U.S. and Malawi and thanked President Mutharika ...
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Blantyre Town Hall Meeting February 25, 2016

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be sponsoring a town hall meeting for U.S. citizens in Blantyre on Thursday, February 25, at the Hong Kong Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.  The Consular Officer will be available to provide some consular services, such as notarials and accepting applications for passport ...
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U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits Malawi

LILONGWE, February 19, 2016:  A U.S. Congressional delegation led by Senator James Inhofe visited Malawi on February 19.  The delegation met with President Arthur Peter Mutharika to discuss U.S.-Malawi relations, particularly related to security cooperation. The delegation also met with Malawian members of parliament. The delegation reaffirmed the strong partnership between the U.S. and Malawi ...
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U.S. Supports Investigative Journalists

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer and Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Deputy Chairperson Yvonne Sundu on February 12 addressed the 13 journalists from across Malawi’s media landscape who completed a week-long workshop on investigative journalism specific to financial crimes co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and MISA Malawi. A highlight of the training ...
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Holiday and Consular Schedule for February 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Monday, February 15, 2016, for the Washington’s Birthday holiday (U.S.). The Consular Section will also be closed from Wednesday, February 24 through Friday, February 26, while the Consular Officer is traveling to Blantyre.  More information about that consular outreach trip and planned ...
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U.S. Supports Girls Empowerment

On January 29 surrounded by students at Nkhonde Primary School in Balaka district, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer and First Lady of the Republic of Malawi Gertrude Mutharika, joined by the Malawian Ministers of Education, Health, and Gender, officially launched three new U.S. Government-funded programs in Malawi that will provide girls and young women ...
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Speech by Ambassador Palmer During Launch of ASPIRE Project

Remarks by Ambassador Palmer During Launch of ASPIRE Project January 29, 2016 Nkhonde Primary School Balaka Educational District Your Excellency, Madame Gertrude Mutharika, First Lady of the Republic of Malawi…… Vice Chairwoman of the African First Ladies Against HIV and AIDS, …….daughter of Balaka. Honorable, Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano, MP, Minister of Education Science, and Technology, ...
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US Donates Ambulances to Malawi Government

U.S. Embassy Charge d’ Affaires Michael Gonzales today symbolically handed over 185 emergency vehicles to the Malawi Ministry of Health, including 15 motor vehicle ambulances, 162 bicycle ambulances, and eight motorcycles. Today’s donation iis part of the U.S. Government’s ongoing support to end preventable child and maternal deaths in Malawi.  The ambulances will help strengthen ...
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Holiday and Consular Closure January 2016

Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy and Consular Section Holiday Closure The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi will be closed to the public on Friday, January 15, and Monday, January 18, 2016 in observance of the John Chilembwe Day (Malawian) and Martin Luther King Day (U.S.) holidays, respectively. No visa or other consular appointments have been ...
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2015 in Review

As we celebrate this year’s end, and look forward to 2016, we’d like to share the most recent information about the United States Government’s support for Malawi’s development in 2015. Our assistance has nearly tripled in the past seven years: growing from $110 million in 2008 to $305 million in 2015.  Of this, $192 million ...
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US Provides Training and Support to Peacekeepers

The United States provides training and support to build the capacity of the Malawian security sector to conduct peacekeeping and fight transnational threats. In recent years, the U.S. has assisted in training eight battalions of Malawian soldiers to deploy in support of United Nations missions in Cote d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated Holiday and Consular Schedule for December 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will now be closed to the public from 12 noon on Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve), through Monday, December 28, for the Christmas Day (U.S./Malawi) and Boxing Day (Malawi) holidays. The U.S. Embassy will also be closed on Friday, January 1, for the New Year’s Day holiday (U.S./Malawi). No ...
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US Ambassador Speaks at MAF

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer addressed graduates of the Sergeant Major Academy on December 18 at the Malawi Armed Forces College in Salima, Malawi. The three month course included participants from Malawi, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia.  Under the Africa Military Education Program (AMEP), two U.S. Army Sergeant Majors mentored Malawi Defense Forces (MDF) ...
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President Obama’s Comments on Nondiscrimination

President Obama’s Comments on Nondiscrimination “It is the responsibility of all Americans — of every faith — to reject discrimination.  It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country.  It’s our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim Americans should somehow be treated differently.  Because when we travel down that road, we lose.  That kind of ...
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Time to Act on Climate Change

By: Michael Gonzales, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Embassy of the United States of America in Lilongwe, Malawi From rising seas across the globe and the melting of Greenland’s sheet ice to the bleaching of coral reefs around many coasts and changing rainfall patterns in Malawi, the signs of climate change are all around us.  As a ...
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U.S Supports HIV-related Projetcs for People with Disabilities

The U.S. Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Small Grants Fund (ASGF) will support nine organizations from eight districts working with people with disabilities to implement HIV prevention and economic empowerment projects across the country in the coming year. U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer presided over the signing ceremony in Lilongwe on November 30 saying, “People with disabilities ...
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U.S. Ambassador Funds Nine Disability Oriented Organizations

Lilongwe – United States Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today awarded MK 59.5 million to nine organizations working with people with disabilities across Malawi through the U.S. Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Small Grants Fund. Speaking to representatives from the organizations that received grants, Ambassador Palmer said, “People with disabilities are equal citizens of Malawi and the world, ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday and Consular Schedule for December 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Friday, December 25, for the Christmas Day holiday (U.S./Malawi). The U.S. Embassy will also be closed on Friday, January 1, for the New Year’s Day holiday (U.S./Malawi). No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for those days and no walk-in ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Elimination of Visa Page Inserts for U.S. Passports

The U.S. Department of State will no longer add visa pages into U.S. passports beginning January 1, 2016. Previously, U.S. passport holders had the option to pay for the insertion of additional 24-page visa inserts when valid passports lacked adequate space for entry or exit visa stamps.  The decision to discontinue this service was made ...
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U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, and The Global Fund currently provide nearly all of the life-saving malaria treatment drugs available free-of-charge to Malawian citizens in need.  U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer visited Malawi October 28-November 3 to assess the impact of the program.  Since 2006, the U.S. President’s ...
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U.S. Supports Malawi Population-based HIV Impact Assessment

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), is supporting the Malawi Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (MPHIA), a new national household survey commissioned by the Malawian Ministry of Health.  MPHIA will examine the distribution of HIV in Malawi, assess the uptake ...
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U.S. Concerned Over Drug Theft in Malawi

Lilongwe, November 3 – U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, and U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer, today held a press conference during which they underscored the need for Malawian citizens to join forces with their nation’s health and law enforcement authorities to stop the widespread theft of drugs across the nation that ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday and Consular Schedule for November 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Wednesday, November 11, and Thursday, November 26, in observance of the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holidays, respectively.No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for those days and no walk-in appointments will be seen. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services may contact ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Blantyre Town Hall Meeting October 29, 2015

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be sponsoring a town hall meeting for U.S. citizens in Blantyre on Thursday, October 29, at the Hong Kong Restaurant from 12-1 p.m. The Consular Officer will be available to provide some consular services, such as notarials and accepting applications for passport renewals from ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closed October 28-30, 2015

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Wednesday through Friday, October 28-30, 2015, due to in-country travel by the consular officer. No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for those days and no walk-in appointments will be seen. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services ...
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U.S. Funds Mzimba Oil Processing

U.S. Embassy Supports Oil Processing Project in Mzimba U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Gonzales inaugurated the Zuwe Cooperative Society Oil press Project in Mpherembe on October 21, 2015. The Zuwe Agro-Processing Cooperative has purchased and installed a pressing machine and a puff making machine at Mpherembe trading center. Jointly, the oil press and the ...
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Malawi’s New President and Vice

Statement by JEN PSAKI, SPOKESPERSON Malawi’s New President and Vice President The United States congratulates Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and Mr. Saulos Chilima on being elected the new President and Vice President, respectively, of the Republic of Malawi.  We further congratulate the people of Malawi for actively and peacefully exercising their democratic rights in selecting ...
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22 Education PCVs Sworn In

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 ...
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Ambassador Palmer at Global Fund Grant Agreement Signing, October 21, 2015

Your Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi Honorable Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Honorable Goodall Gondwe, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Honorable Dr. Peter Kumpalume, Minister of Health Diplomatic colleagues All Protocols Observed On Behalf of the United ...
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Malawi Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (MPHIA) National Launch

Crossroads Complex Hall 9:00am The US Government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, provides more than $100 million of assistance annually in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The HIV epidemic has placed a detrimental societal burden on Malawi. HIV has claimed 1.4 million Malawians ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces 2017 DV Lottery

The U.S. Embassy announces the opening of registration for the 2017 Diversity Visa Lottery (DV-2017) from October 1 to November 3, 2017.  The DV-2017 program will be conducted entirely electronically, including electronic entry. Paper entries are not accepted. The Department website established for the submission of E-DV entries is please visit:  http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/diversity-visa/entry.html
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U.S. Embassy Funds Community-based Solutions for Rural Malawians

Embassy of the United States Old Mutual Building P.O. Box 30016 Lilongwe 3 Internet:  https://mw.usembassy.gov/ Facebook: U.S. Embassy Lilongwe Tel:   (265) 1 772-222/414/992 Fax:  (265) 1 771-142 LILONGWE, October 7 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer signed grants with six community groups today to support education, health, and environment projects in rural communities across ...
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U.S. Commits $148.1m to MW Energy

The Millennium Challenge Account – Malawi (MCA-Malawi), with funding from the United States Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), has signed five contracts with five firms worth $148.1 Million total for the construction of 400kV and 132kV power lines and substations, and the rehabilitation, modernization and upgrading of the Nkula A Hydro Power Plant. ...
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U.S. and UK Award US$64m to Support MERIT

U.S. and UK Award US$64m to Support Malawi Early Grade Reading Improvement Activity (MERIT) LILONGWE, OCTOBER 6, 2015:  With more than half of Malawi’s population being below the age of 18, education is key to the country’s growth and prosperity.  The American and UK Governments, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the ...
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Funds Workshop in Malawi

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) funded a workshop August 24-29 in Lilongwe, Malawi on Participatory Surveillance in Animal Health facilitated by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and hosted by the African Union-Centre for Ticks and Tick Borne Diseases (AU-CTTBD). The participants were veterinary officials from six ...
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Millennium Challenge Account Contracts Signed

News Release September 30, 2015                       Email: zilani.khonje@mca-m.gov.mw US$148.1Million (MK84.2 Billion) Contracts Signed for Construction, Rehabilitation, Modernization and Upgrading of ESCOM’s Power Infrastructure Lilongwe, Malawi. — The Millennium Challenge Account – Malawi (MCA-Malawi), with funding from the United States Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATED – Entry Fees for Malawi as of October 1, 2015

The Government of Malawi has informed the United States Embassy that effective October 1, 2015, Malawi intends to introduce a system of visas and entry fees for nationals of countries which require Malawians to pay visa fees.  This will apply to U.S. citizens. According to the notification, with the exception of diplomats and government officials, ...
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U.S. Donates Food Commodities to Malawi

LILONGWE, September 22, 2015:  U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer announced the United States’ donation of US$15.7 million (MK9 billion) worth of food commodities to Malawi to assist a portion of the 2.8 million people in need of humanitarian food assistance. This assistance is in response to the September 21 appeal for donor support of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Entry Fee for Malawi as of October 1, 2015

The Government of Malawi has informed the United States Embassy that effective October 1, 2015, Malawi intends to introduce a system of entry fees and visas for nationals of countries which require Malawians to pay visa fees. This will apply to U.S. citizens. According to the notification, Malawi is introducing three types of visas: –  ...
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22 Education PCV Sworn-in

United States Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer on August 27 swore-in a group of 22 Peace Corps education trainees as Volunteers in Lilongwe. For the next two years the new Volunteers will serve as Math, Science, and English Teachers and Teacher Trainers at Community Day Secondary Schools in various secondary schools in Kasungu, Mzimba, Chitipa, ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday and Consular Schedule for September 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Monday, September 7, in observance of the Labor Day (U.S.) holiday. No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for that day and no walk-in appointments will be seen. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services may contact the U.S. Embassy at 01-733-166. ...
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Shine Girls Shine

Let Girls Learn! In three fun-packed sessions, EducationUSA Malawi participated in Camp GLOW, Girls Leading Our World (GLOW). Founded by Peace Corps Volunteers, the weeklong camp aims to empower and challenge secondary school girls from rural areas to strive for success and think beyond their traditional gender roles and societal expectations. EducationUSA Malawi held a ...
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Global Health Service Volunteers

U.S. Ambassador Swears in Global Health Service (GHSP) Volunteers Lilongwe – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer on Tuesday presided over the swearing-in of nine Global Health Service (GHSP) Volunteers and also welcomed back two others who have extended their service for a second year. The group, which comprise specialists in internal medicine, obstetrics and ...
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U.S. Embassy Awards Rural Community Grants

Fourteen organizations received grants valued at over $94,000 (MK49 million) from the U.S. Ambassador’s Self-Help Program at a ceremony held at the U.S. Embassy today. This year’s grants will increase communities’ access to clean and safe water, improve education through construction of school blocks; a girls’ hostel and library; contribute to more pregnant women delivering ...
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Millenium Challenge Account

Millennium Challenge Account awarded grants to nine non-governmental organizations last week to support land and natural resources management along the Shire River. The grantees will use the MK 2.5 billion in grants to encourage communities living along the Shire River and its tributaries to adopt trees and soil conserving farming methods. Addressing one of the ...
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Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS Policy Launch August 12, 2015

SPEECH BY U.S. AMBASSADOR VIRGINIA PALMER FARMERS UNION OF MALAWI (FUM) GENDER EQUALITY AND HIV/AIDS POLICY LAUNCH Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Sunbird Capital Hotel, 6:00 P.M. The Guest of Honor, Minister for Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Hon. Patricia Kaliati, MP The President of Farmers Union of Malawi, Mr. Alfred Kapichira Banda The Principal ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure Postponed, August 7-10, 2015

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be open for routine and non-emergency American Citizens Services on Friday, August 7, as the previously-scheduled maintenance for our automated systems has been postponed. Visa appointments originally scheduled for Monday, August 10, have been already been re-scheduled for Wednesday, August 12.  Emergency services will ...
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Love is Love

The Weekend Nation of July 18, 2015 published an opinion article titled “Love is love-Same-sex couples given right to marry in the US” authored by Ambassador Palmer. The article comments on the ruling by the Supreme Court in the United States on June 26, 2015 legalizing same-sex marriage.
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Bolero Project

Ambassador Palmer inaugurate Bolero Secondary School Library Project U.S Ambassador Virginia Palmer inaugurated the Bolero Secondary School Library Project with students, teachers, and community members in Rumphi District on Tuesday. The library, funded through the U.S. Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund, will empower students by improving their reading culture. At the event she said that “Children are ...
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Ambassador Palmer Visits a YALI Fellow

While in the northern region Ambassador Palmer visited Hastings Mkandawire, 2014 YALI Mandela Washington Fellow who is also Managing Director and founder of Turbine Development Enterprise. He participated in 2014 YALI under the Business and Entrepreneurship theme. Hastings wants to install a single 500 kW hydro power plant or a few bigger hydroelectric power plants ...
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Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Global Entrpreneurship Summits Briquette Making Making Bussiness The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section recently collaborated with a 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) registrant Kondwani Phiri, who makes cook stoves and recycles waste to make briquettes for cooking to conduct a mentoring session for 20 young people in Mzuzu. The session centered on how to start ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Entry Fee for Malawi Implemented Early

Immigration officials of the Government of Malawi have begun collecting entry fees from U.S. citizens arriving at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe as well as in Blantyre and at least some border crossing posts. A $75 USD entry fee was originally scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2015, but the Government of Malawi had ...
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Ambassador Palmer July 4 Speech

On July 4, the US Embassy celebrated the United States’ 239th independence anniversary at a function which took place at the Chief of Mission’s residence.  In her remarks, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, while celebrating the cordial relations that have existed between Malawi and the U.S. for many years, urged the Malawi government to ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday and Consular Schedule for July 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi will be closed to the public on Friday, July 3, and Monday, July 6, in observance of the U.S. and Malawian Independence Days, respectively. No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for these days and no walk-in appointments will be seen. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services may ...
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2014 Malawi Human Rights Report

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY         Malawi is a multi-party democracy. In May, Peter Mutharika was elected president in elections that international observers from the EU characterized as generally “peaceful, free, transparent, and credible.” Mutharika’s election marked the first electoral victory by a candidate not belonging to the incumbent party since 1994. Constitutional power is shared between the president ...
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Four Entrepreneurs to Attend GES

Four Malawian young entrepreneurs to attend Global Entrepreneurship Summit Four young Malawian entrepreneurs will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from July 25-26, 2015.  Samson Fiado, a year three student at the Malawi Polytechnic will attend as a finalist in “Global innovation Through Science and Technology-GIST Tech-I Competition” whose awards ...
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Women Small Enterprise Development

Embassy of the United States of America Public Affairs Section Old Mutual Building P.O. Box 30016 Lilongwe 3, Malawi Internet:           https://mw.usembassy.gov/ Facebook:       U.S. Embassy Lilongwe Tel:                  (265) 1 772-222/414/992 Fax:                (265) 1 771-142 Contacts:         David Queen, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Marcus Muhariwa – Information ...
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Chididi Women Empowerment Project

U.S. Embassy helps Malawian women build skills, economic independence On June 4, United States Embassy Management Officer Geraldine Gray Thibodeau officially inaugurated a project designed to develop women’s entrepreneurial skills in Malawi’s southern district of Nsanje. The ceremony took place at Traditional Authority Malemia. After undertaking an intensive six month training course, eleven entrepreneurially-minded women ...
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Ambassador Speaks at ICAM

Ambassador Palmer Speaks to ICAM Ambassador Palmer delivered the keynote address at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi’s annual dinner on Friday, May 29, where she told members that they play an integral role in Malawi’s economic development by promoting accountability among public and private organizations.  “Transparency and accountability are not just a matter ...
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Ambassador Palmer Speaks to ICAM

This is my first public speech in Malawi. I wanted to make it here with you for a number of reasons. First is that 30-some years ago, I fell in love with a Southern African accountant (now my husband) so I’ve known for many years what ooplung is (off the books money, for those of ...
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New PCVs Sworn-in

New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn-in Forty one new American Peace Corps volunteers will be working as health and environment volunteers throughout the country.  They arrived in Malawi on March 06 2015. They spent nine weeks in technical and cultural training in Kaphaizi and Mangwazu Villages in Kasungu. The cultural training included the learning of local ...
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U.S. Ambassador Launches New Projects

U.S. Ambassador Launches Five New Development Projects U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer launched five new development assistance projects intended to advance health, food security, and climate change adaption and resiliency within Malawi. These projects will improve the resiliency of more than 350,000 households, reduce stunting throughout Malawi, and help combat deforestation and land degradation ...
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MCC on Trade and Investment Mission

May 19, 2015 Contact: Scott Fontaine 202-521-3612 fontainesa@mcc.gov Millennium Challenge Corporation to be joined by 11 U.S. firms on its First Trade and Investment Mission Delegation to visit Malawi and Tanzania to learn about $750 million of opportunities in MCC-funded projects in the energy sector  Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the U.S. Department ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday and Consular Schedule for May 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi will be closed to the public on Friday, May 1, and Thursday, May 14, in observance of the Labor Day (Malawian) and Kamuzu Day (Malawian) holidays, respectively. The U.S. Embassy will also be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day (U.S.) holiday. No visa or ...
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Demonstrations in Lilongwe Old Town

In response to recent violence against foreigners in South Africa, local organizations have called for peaceful demonstrations and a boycott of South African businesses on Friday, April 24. Protest demonstrations may recur throughout the weekend. They are expected to center around the Game/Chipiku Complex and Shoprite stores in the Old Town area of Lilongwe. As ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Schedule for April 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi will be closed to the public on Friday, April 3, and on Monday, April 6, in observance of the Good Friday (Malawian) and Easter Monday (Malawian) holidays. No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for these days and no walk-in appointments will be seen. U.S. citizens seeking ...
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Text Books Handover in Zomba

U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Gonzales hands over textbooks in Zomba On behalf of the United States of America, Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Gonzales handed over the Sadzi Community Day Secondary School Books Project on Friday, March 13, in Traditional Authority Chikowi, Zomba District.  The school purchased 554 syllabus based text books ...
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Ambassador Palmer Hosts Lilongwe Alumni

U.S Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer recently hosted Lilongwe based alumni of various U.S. Embassy exchange programs at her residence in Lilongwe. She took the opportunity to interact with this diverse group of Malawians who had participated in U.S. exchange programs since the 1970s stressing that only through continued partnerships with the returnees and beneficiaries ...
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Planned Worldwide Network Outage

U.S. embassies and consulates are currently experiencing technical difficulties due to systems maintenance that may result in delays in U.S. passport and visa processing and receiving and sending email. U.S. citizens may also experience delays in response to their email inquiries. U.S. citizens requiring emergency assistance should contact their embassy or consulate by telephone. Additionally, ...
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Ambassador Palmer Visits Blantyre

New Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, recently traveled to Blantyre where she had a number of official engagements as part of her post familiarization.  At the beginning of her trip, Ambassador Palmer had a courtesy call with Chikwawa District Commissioner Alex Mdooko before visiting camps of flood victims in the district.  She interacted with World ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Schedule for March 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi will be closed to the public on Tuesday, March 3, in observance of the Martyrs Day (Malawian) holiday.  No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for that day and no walk-in appointments will be seen. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services may contact the U.S. Embassy at 01-733-166 ...
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Assistant Sec Linda Thomas Media Briefing

Online Media Briefing with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. February 25, 2015 MODERATOR:  Welcome to Live at State, the State Department’s online, interactive, international press conference.  We have received questions from journalists across Africa over the last couple of weeks, and if you haven’t had a chance yet to ask your ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Open on Friday, February 20, 2015

Due to a change in construction scheduling, the Consular Section at U.S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi, will be open for American Citizens Services (ACS) walk-in appointments today, Friday, February 20, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services may contact the U.S. Embassy at 01-733-166 or via email at ConsularLilong@state.gov . In the ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Construction Closure for February 20, 2015

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi will be closed to the public on Friday, February 20, due to construction in and around the Consular Waiting Room.  No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for that day and no walk-in appointments will be seen. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services may ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Schedule February 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi will be closed to the public on Monday, February 16 in observance of the Presidents’ Day (U.S.) holiday.  No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for that day and no walk-in appointments will be seen. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services may contact the U.S. Embassy at 01-733-166 ...
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Malawi Floods

On Friday, U.S. Ambassador Virginia E. Palmer and USAID/Malawi Mission Director Doug Arbuckle welcomed a delivery of US $100,000 worth of disaster relief commodities for Malawians affected by the floods. The supplies included 200 rolls of plastic sheeting to provide temporary shelter for 2,000 households; 2,000 jerry cans to transport fresh water; and 2,000 blankets. ...
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$6.9 Million for Flood Relief

U.S. Donates $6.9 Million for Flood Relief in Malawi Friday, February 6, 2015: U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia E. Palmer and USAID/Malawi Mission Director Doug Arbuckle welcomed a delivery of US $100,000 worth of disaster relief commodities for Malawians affected by the floods at Kamuzu International Airport today. The supplies include 200 rolls of plastic ...
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Role of Youth in National Development

U.S. Embassy and Global Health Corps Celebrate the Role of Youth in National Development Lilongwe – On January 22, 2014 United States Charge d’Affaires to Malawi Michael Gonzales hosted a reception to highlight the roles of youth leadership, volunteerism, and community service in contributing to national development.  The guest of honor was Barbara Bush, CEO ...
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Entrepreneurship Fair in Blantyre

About 400 young people braved the bad weather in Blantyre on January 15 to participate in the Entrepreneurship Fair organized by the 2014 Mandela Washington fellows in cooperation with the United States Embassy. Minister of Youth Honorable Grace Obama Chiumia, entrepreneur Henry Kachaje,  and acting U.S Deputy Chief of Mission Geraldine Thibodeau encouraged the youth ...
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Malawi Floods Donations

While rains have abated in parts of Malawi, the impacts of flooding continue to reverberate. The latest figures show 79 people dead and 153 missing. 174,000 have been displaced by the floods and over 638,000 have lost their crops and fields for the current planting season. The United States has already contributed over $2 million ...
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