World Vision Commends Norwegian Government for Global Fund Support
The commendation came during a visit by young Norwegian politicians to the Baylor College Clinical Centre of Excellence for Pediatric Care in Lilongwe.
LILONGWE, Malawi — World Vision has expressed its gratitude to the Norwegian government for its significant contributions to the global fund, which disburses resources to various countries, including Malawi, writes Judgement Katika.
The commendation came during a visit by young Norwegian politicians to the Baylor College Clinical Centre of Excellence for Pediatric Care in Lilongwe on Tuesday.
Dr. Beswick Mwale, Chief of the Party for the Global Fund Grant at World Vision, emphasized the importance of the Norwegian government's investments through the global fund, particularly in supporting young adolescents living with HIV.
"The Norwegian delegation's visit aims to witness the impact of their government's contributions to the global fund, benefiting young adolescents living with HIV through Baylor," Dr. Mwale explained.
He further noted that Baylor College is one of the centres providing support to young adolescents and conducting teen-friendly programs across fourteen districts in the country.
Dr. Mwale expressed a desire for increased funding to further support Baylor and reach more individuals in need.
"We wish we had more resources to allocate to Baylor and other organizations to provide support to a larger portion of those in need," he stated, emphasizing the importance of additional financial support from well-wishers and development partners to ensure the health and well-being of young boys and girls.
Phoebe Nyasulu, Executive Director of Baylor College of Medicine and Foundation in Malawi, highlighted the clinic's ongoing commitment to providing care to its consistent clientele.
She noted that the children who initially sought their services years ago are still part of their ongoing work, transitioning into adolescents.
"We are a paediatric clinic responsible for the care of children. Many of the children we started with have grown with us, some born within our program. Now they are adolescents," Nyasulu remarked.
She further outlined plans to assist these adolescents in achieving economic independence, including educational support and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Andrine Seppora, the Norwegian leader of the Centre Youth Party, expressed her empathy for the individuals who have faced significant challenges.
She pledged support for young adolescents diagnosed with HIV and AIDS under Baylor's care.
Violet Zulu, a Peer Supporter from Baylor College of Medicine Children Foundation, encouraged young adolescents to adhere to their medication and treatment regimens. Proper adherence, she explained, can help suppress their viral load and maintain their health.
World Vision supports Baylor College Clinical Centre of Excellence for Paediatric Care, benefiting approximately 6,000 young adolescent boys and girls living with HIV and AIDS across fourteen districts in Malawi, thanks to resources from the global fund.