We are delighted to invite you to the next meeting of the Cross Party Group (CPG) on Malawi.
- When: Wednesday 1st May 6pm-8.30pm
- Where: Scottish Parliament, Committee Room 3 (Please congregate in the lobby at 5.45pm
At the CPG, we will be hearing from health projects in Malawi which are funded by the Scottish Government's Malawi Development Programme.
In response to the recent floods in Malawi, we will also dedicate some time at the CPG to receive an overview and update on the Malawi floods by Professor. Bob Kalin from the University of Strathclyde. Our news section has the latest details on the developing updates on the floods.
The presentation from Professor Bob Kalin will take place at 6.05pm followed by open discussions between 6.20pm and 6.30pm.
Focusing on Global Health for the remainder of the CPG, we will hear from Angus Loudon, the Executive Director at St John Scotland, Elizabeth McKernan, Manager at WaterAid Scotland & Northern Ireland and Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer.
6.30pm: Angus Loudon from St John Scotland will offer insights and updates into their work with sister organisation St John Malawi which delivers first aid and healthcare services to vulnerable members of the communities in Blantyre and Lilongwe. This latest project is expected to benefit 57,000 people at home, including more than 10,000 expectant and new parents.
Local St John Malawi volunteers make door-to-door visits to expectant and new parents, teaching pregnant women about nutrition and antenatal check-ups, and helping them prepare for delivery. The volunteers also help households improve sanitation to prevent potentially life-threatening water-borne illness. In remote villages, where health services are unavailable, St John and local health staff run outreach clinics to bring services to some of the country’s most vulnerable people. More than 25,000 people also stand to benefit from community health education, including young people before their first pregnancy.
6.45pm: A 10 minute open discussion Q&A will follow.
6.55pm: Elizabeth McKernan will speak about how WaterAid is improving the health of mothers, girls and children in rural and peri-urban low income areas of Machinga and Zomba by facilitating access to safe water, improved sanitation and good hygiene in health care facilities, early childhood development centres and communities. They are also working in partnership with Mary’s Meals, providing WASH in nine centres where a daily hot meal is provided.
7.10pm: A 10 minute open discussion Q&A will follow.
7.20pm: Presentation from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood
7.35pm: Open discussion and Q&A
8pm: Networking and Malawi G&Ts/soft drink
Please register to attend, and contact Stuart Brown if you have any questions.