Foundation Partners with Global Health Corps to Improve Health Capacity in Malawi
August 17, 2010
Mara Gordon (left), Barbara Bush (middle-left), Mafayo Phiri
(middle-right), Adaku Ejiogu (right).
The Foundation has recently partnered with the Global Health Corps
to strengthen health services for HIV/AIDS in Malawi.
Headed by Barbara Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, the GHC recruits, trains, and supports future leaders in the global health world.
has placed two GHC fellows, one Malawian and one American, to work in the Foundation’s Malawi program for one year.
Mafayo Phiri, from Malawi, is a health economist with a Masters degree in public health from the University of Cape Town. Mara Gordon, from the United States, completed a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Bryn Mawr College and is planning on starting medical school in 2011.
Both fellows will be working together closely to improve the Foundation’s monitoring and evaluation systems that track our progress in the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS.
Like many African nations, Malawi experiences severe shortages of trained health workers to manage and deliver health services. Our GHC fellows will help fill this gap over the next year, and create sustainability by also training Malawi nationals.
The fellows will be blogging about their experiences for GHC – read Mara’s first blog here
We also hope to hear their voices on this blog to bring us updates from the field on the challenges and successes they encounter in our efforts to eliminate pediatric HIV and AIDS.
Robert Yule is the Foundation's Media Manager, based in Washington, D.C.