Friday
Aug 02
2013
August 2, 2013

Africa 2013: Day 1 Recap

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Yesterday in Malawi, President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and Malawian President Joyce Banda toured a Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) facility in Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. The hospital works with CHAI on providing HIV testing, particularly Point-of-Care testing, which reduces lead-time for test results and virtually eliminates patient loss-to-follow-up and systems strengthening which increases access to HIV testing and treatment. Additionally, through an in-country partnership with UNICEF, CHAI is working to scale up Early Infant Diagnosis and Treatment. Together, CHAI and the Malawian government are scaling up access to HIV testing and second-line treatment for those who are HIV-positive, training medical staff, and providing health care access to rural communities. Following the tour, President Clinton and Chelsea met with expert clients, HIV-positive patients who use their experiences to teach others in their community who are recently-diagnosed with HIV how to care for themselves, and for their children.

In the afternoon, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton visited the Chizinga Anchor Farm Project in Santhe, Malawi, which is a Clinton Development Initiative-operated commercial farm that partners with thousands of neighboring smallholder farmers, providing them with access to quality inputs for maize and soy production as well as training and market access. During the visit, President Clinton and Chelsea observed the Climate Smart Agriculture training that CDI provides to smallholder farmers in the Anchor Farm Project, as well as a demonstration of how farm families in the project are learning how to prepare soya-based recipes, adding protein to their traditional maize-based diet. President Clinton and Chelsea participated in the farming techniques, seeing firsthand the process that these farmers use, and participated in a roundtable discussion with members of the farming community where they discussed how the program has positively impacted their lives and plans for the new community health clinics on the farms.  Walker Morris, CEO of the Clinton Development Initiative, discusses the Anchor Farm Project’s impact on the economy and health care in Malawi on our blog, and Elinat Mtupanyana, an Anchor Farm field officer, shares her thoughts about women farmers & the benefits of soya on our blog. View photos of the visits.

Today, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton travel to Zambia to meet with Community Health Assistants who are bringing health care services to rural communities, and will help provide hearing aids to children through a CGI commitment made by the Starkey Foundation. Follow President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton’s travels through Africa to visit Foundation and CGI commitments on the Clinton Foundation's Facebook at Facebook.com/ClintonFoundation, Twitter at @ClintonFdn, and Instagram at Instagram.com/ClintonFoundation.