GAIA Malawi staff was honored to host US Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia E. Palmer, who traveled to Mulanje District last week to observe GAIA’s Door-to-Door (DtD) HIV Testing Program and GAIA’s Elizabeth Taylor Mobile Health Clinics in action.
In one of the most remote and rural villages, Kachingwe, Ambassador Palmer walked to several households with the GAIA team, witnessing first-hand the interaction with the residents and the testing process. Last year, GAIA’s DtD had a 99% acceptance rate from villagers who were approached for testing. At the GAIA Elizabeth Taylor Mobile Health Clinics, the Ambassador observed health workers conducting HIV testing and counseling.
She also offered a health talk to the local people gathered and waiting for clinic appointments, emphasizing the importance of testing and of girls staying in school.
“We at GAIA and those in the villages were extremely honored by the Ambassador’s visit,” said Joyce Jere, GAIA Country Director. “Ambassador Palmer was a caring observer and very interested in the effectiveness of programs to improve health in the remote regions where we work.”