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A high-level delegation representing the United States government will arrive in the country today on an exploratory mission among organisations already prioritising and advancing work to ensure that adolescent girls and young women are empowered and supported to achieve their full potential in Malawi.

A statement from the US Embassy in Malawi says the delegation comprises Executive Director for the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria Mark Dybul, Chief Executive Officer for Global Partnership for Education, Alice Albright, Board chair for Girls Not Bride: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, Mabel van Oranje, Ambassador Deborah Birx, US Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassodor Catherine Russel, US Ambassodor at large for Women’s issues and Senior Country Manager for Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (Gavi), Cyril Nogier.

The statement says the delegation will visit sites in Blantyre and Machinga to see the shared results of the Dreams (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, Aids-free, Mentored and Safe) and Let Girls Learn initiatives funded by the US government and coordinated with the government of Malawi. The delegation will also meet President Peter Mutharika and senior government of Malawi officials to discuss the potential for enhanced collaboration.

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In the statement, US Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, says: “US Government and these international organisations prioritise and advance work to ensure that adolescent girls and young women are empowered and supported to fulfil their full potential. We look forward to discussing opportunities to further enhance that work.

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