United States of America (USA) Ambassador Virginia Palmer has presented K98.5 million worth of grants to 11 organisations working in eight districts in Malawi through the US Ambassador’s Pepfar Small Grants Programme (PSGP).
In a statement made available by the US Embassy in Lilongwe, Palmer is quoted as having said that through the projects, the US will reach those most at risk, including girls and young women, female sex workers, prisoners and other vulnerable groups through targeted-interventions and comprehensive care.
She said: “The United States will continue to support the people—and government—of Malawi to reach the 90-90-90 targets and ultimately achieve an Aids-free generation.”
The grantees of the K98.5 million include Bwalo Initiative from Zomba, Caring for Persons with Disabilities, People’s Federation and Capital Radio Malawi from Blantyre, Makande Community Based Organisation from Thyolo, Matunkha Development Trust from Rumphi and Malawi Interfaith Aids Association from Lilongwe which will also work in Ntcheu.
The others include Network of Journalists Living with HIV (Joneha) based in Lilongwe but to work nationwide, St. John’s Hospital of Mzuzu to work in Nkhata Bay, and Rights People Claim and Youth and Society from Mzimba.
The US Ambassador’s PSGP is a programme under the US President’s Emergency Plan of Aids Relief (Pepfar) that funds small and innovative community-driven projects in Malawi. Since the Pepfar programme began in Malawi in 2006, the US has invested more than $640 million (about K467.2 billion) to combat HIV and Aids.