American Ambassador to Malawi David Young has pledged support to the Rotary Club of Lilongwe (RCL) in its mission of tackling the problem of fistula in young Malawian women.
The US envoy made the pledge in Lilongwe during a Rotary fellowship meeting by the club where he was the guest speaker.
During the fellowship, Young said the US is working with the Government of Malawi in programmes aimed at building a healthy, educated and self-reliant population in line with Malawi 2063.
“As the country’s largest bilateral partner, the United States works in collaboration with the Malawian Government, private sector, and civil society to advance a more self-reliant, gender equitable, healthy and democratically accountable,” he said.
Young stated that he was proud to attend the fellowship by the Rotary Club of Lilongwe because of his strong connections with it having benefitted from a Rotary scholarship that later inspired him to join diplomatic service.
He further pointed out that some of his siblings also received support from Rotary.
The diplomat disclosed that Malawi will soon sign a second Millennium Challenge Corporation compact focusing on increasing land productivity through sector reform, public investments in road infrastructure and climate-smart private sector investments in agriculture.
Rotary Club President Dr. Margaret Sikwese thanked Ambassador Young for addressing the grouping and committing support to some of the projects to be implemented in its service to humanity, among them maternal health.
“One of the areas of focus in the 2022-23 Rotary year is to assist Bwaila Hospital to clear the backlog of fistula cases which is a result of Covid-19. Fistula is a disease that brings shame among mothers due to difficulties during childbirth, a condition which is also highly prevalent among teen mothers,” said Sikwese.
She was inducted as the Club’s President on 2nd July this year