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U.S. Peace Corps Marks 50 Years In Malawi With Launch Of Global Health Service Partnership

The U.S. Peace Corps this week marked 50 years of work in Malawi with the launch of its Global Health Service Partnership program, “a three-year effort to increase human resource capacity for the country’s health sector,” VOA News reports. The program — a public-private collaboration of the Peace Corps, PEPFAR, and Seed Global Health — is “the first of its kind by U.S. Peace Corps in Malawi” and “will provide health experts to teach in public colleges and universities,” the news service writes (Masina, 8/27). “Eleven of the 30 volunteers sworn in at the White House in July as the first class of Peace Corps’ Global Health Service Partnership program will serve their one-year assignments at local health care institutions in Malawi, including the University of Malawi’s College of Medicine, Kamuzu College of Nursing, and Mzuzu University,” a Peace Corps press release notes, adding, “The new volunteers will serve as medical and nursing educators, working alongside local faculty to train the next generation of health care professionals” (8/23). In related news, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting examines the challenges of practicing medicine in rural Malawi (Messac, 8/27).