On World AIDS Day, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Peter Bodde and Malawi Minister of Health Khumbo Kachali laid the initial foundation bricks for a new office complex that will house the HIV/AIDS department of the Ministry of Health.
The complex is a result of the recognition by the United States Government and the Ministry of Health that the Health Ministry's current building lacked sufficient space to work efficiently. The new building will be constructed with supported from the American people through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Located in Lilogwe, the 960 square meter complex should be ready for occupation mid-year 2009. Its highlights include 20 offices for staff, six rooms for support personnel and storage space, a 10-seat conference room, a 50-seat conference room, a library and media room.
At this World AIDS Day event, Ambassador Bodde promised the citizens of Malawi that the U.S. will remain committed to Malawi's fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic despite the current financial commitment. "This is just a building, but to solve the problem we need to reaffirm our commitment to each other," he said.
Minister of Health Khumbo Kachali was grateful to the American Government for the building and thanked the United States for its partnership in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Kachali reminded Malawians that World AIDS Day was an opportunity for individuals and communities to reflect upon the devastating impact the pandemic has had on their country and asked those present at the event to reflect on the achievements and challenges of Malawi's national HIV/AIDS response.
Currently, almost one million people in Malawi live with HIV/AIDS.
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