By Deogratias Mmana:
New German Ambassador to Malawi Ralph Timmermann Tuesday visited Times Group offices in Lilongwe, where he reiterated his government’s support to Malawi in the fight against the Covid pandemic.
He said his government was already rendering support to Malawi in a number of ways.
“The bilateral German Cooperation [programme] also supports the Government of Malawi in its drive to reach all Malawians with Covid vaccines.
“For example, GIZ supports national awareness campaigns through radio and television and has, so far, sent a bus and theatre groups to 22 districts,” Timmermann said.
Germany pledged a global contribution of 2.2 billion euros to Covid Tools Accelerator and $1 billion to Covid Access (Covax) Facility.
He said Germany was the second largest funder of the global response to Covid with a pledge of 100 million doses, making it the second largest donor of vaccines in-kind through Covax Facility.
“Malawi continues to benefit from this support through Covax. On September 25, I handed over an additional 326.000 doses of Covid vaccines to the Deputy Minister of Health at Kamuzu International Airport.
“GIZ will support Lilongwe and three other district health offices this week to send healthcare workers out to markets and training institutions to make Malawians an offer to get vaccinated without having to visit a hospital or clinic,” said Timmermann, adding that the overall German support to the Covid response in Malawi has totalled to about K37 billion,” he said.
Asked about some of Germany’s projects in Malawi, Timmermann cited the rehabilitation of 12 health centres and construction of buildings to improve access to the healthcare services for pregnant women, mothers and babies.
“We finance the GIZ programme ‘More Income and Employment Opportunities in Rural Areas’ initiative. There, we provide business training for farmers and support cooperatives and small companies with advisory services and loans/ grants for investments. We also support the Government of Malawi in the fight against corruption,” he said.
The ambassador commended Times Group for playing its watchdog role in the country.
Times Group Head of Department [Print] Pilirani Kachinziri commended the ambassador for visiting Times Group Lilongwe offices.
Timmermann has replaced Jürgen Borsch, who has retired.