Malawi: U.S. and Malawi Sign Landmark HIV/AIDS Assistance Document (May 2009)

The Government of the United States and Government of the Republic of Malawi recently took a major step forward in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS. On May 18, Peter W. Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi, and Randson Mwadiwa, Secretary to the Treasury of the Government of the Republic of Malawi, signed a landmark document that establishes a new framework for the partnership between the United States and Malawi to combat HIV/AIDS.

The document also establishes a new foundation on which the United States and Malawi will collaborate to improve the health policy environment in the country.

The new Framework focuses on reducing new HIV infections, while maintaining ongoing activities aimed at improving the quality of treatment and care and mitigating the impacts of HIV/AIDS on individuals and households. These objectives are to be achieved within a framework of enhanced Malawian leadership and ownership of the overall response.

Ambassador Bodde commented to the Malawian and American officials at the signing event, "Not only is this the first framework document of its kind, it will serve as the model for those that follow in other countries. Your work in negotiating and finalizing this plan will undoubtedly have a tremendous impact on many people's lives. Let me emphasize however, negotiating and signing the document is the easy part - the real work of implementing it begins now."

Secretary Mwadiwa warmly thanked the Ambassador for this new partnership between the two governments, and he committed his government to fully and successfully implementing the plan.

The Partnership Framework with Malawi is the first signed with any country following the reauthorization in 2008 of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). U.S. Government interagency website managed by the Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
and the Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. State Department.
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