WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 23, 2013 – Peace Corps celebrated 50 years in Malawi this week with the country’s launch of its Global Health Service Partnership program at a ceremony at the Presidential Statehouse in Lilongwe. The celebration featured Malawi President Dr. Joyce Banda, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Jeanine Jackson, Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, and Chief Executive Officer of Seed Global Health Dr. Vanessa Kerry.
Eleven of the 30 volunteers sworn in at the White House in July as the first class of Peace Corps’ Global Health Service Partnership program will serve their one-year assignments at local healthcare institutions in Malawi, including the University of Malawi’s College of Medicine, Kamuzu College of Nursing, and Mzuzu University. The new volunteers will serve as medical and nursing educators, working alongside local faculty to train the next generation of healthcare professionals. Malawi is one of three African countries, along with Tanzania and Uganda, participating in the new program.
“We are so grateful to have extraordinary support and cooperation from the government of Malawi,” Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said at the ceremony. “I know that the doctors and nurses who are here in Malawi as Global Health Service Partnership volunteers will fit seamlessly into what is already a vibrant and successful partnership.”
The Global Health Service Partnership is a collaboration of the Peace Corps, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the non-profit Seed Global Health. It represents the first organized effort by the Peace Corps to send U.S. healthcare professionals abroad with a focus on teaching and expanding clinical capacity to address the known shortage of skilled physicians, nurses and clinical faculty in resource-limited countries.
To apply to serve as a Global Health Service Partnership volunteer starting July 2014, visit http://www.peacecorps.gov/response/globalhealth/.
To apply to serve as a regular Peace Corps Volunteer by late spring 2014, submit your application by August 30 at http://www.peacecorps.gov/apply/.
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