Peace Corps Swears-in New Global Health Service Partnership Volunteers

Lilongwe, August 10 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today swore-in 15 new Peace Corps Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) volunteers and 1 Peace Corps Response Volunteer, who will soon begin a year of service in Malawi. These new volunteers are the fourth cohort of GHSP volunteers to serve in Malawi since the GHSP began in 2013, bringing the total number of GHSP volunteers in Malawi to 44. The program places qualified American physicians and nurses as adjunct faculty in medical and nursing schools in Malawi including the College of Medicine, Mzuzu University, Kamuzu College of Nursing, Dae Yang College of Nursing, and St. John of God College of Health Sciences.

The Global Health Services Partnership (GSHP) is a collaboration between the U.S. Peace Corps, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the non-profit organization Seed Global Health.

In her remarks at the swearing-in ceremony, Ambassador Palmer said, “In the three years since GHSP started in Malawi, volunteers have worked alongside and taught 2,818 nursing students, 960 medical students, and 267 faculty and hospital staff.  This group of volunteers represents some of the best that America has to offer. They specialize in a number of important fields, including internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, family medicine, community health, psychiatry, public health, adult medicine/surgery, and pediatrics. They have a wealth of clinical and teaching experience and will be an invaluable resource to the students with whom they will work and to the Malawians accessing medical care.”

The Global Health Services Partnership builds on over a half century of U.S. Peace Corps support for Malawi. Since 1963, more than 2,900 American Peace Corps volunteers have partnered with Malawians to build capacity in the areas of health, the environment, and education.

For more information on The Global Health Services Partnership (GSHP) please see:

https://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/is-peace-corps-right-for-me/global-health-service-partnership/

For more information on Peace Corps in Malawi please see:  https://www.peacecorps.gov/malawi/

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                      Marcus Muhariwa – Information Specialist, U.S. Embassy

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