We're pleased to support the Scottish Government's Malawi Development Programme announcement this morning where funding will support health, education, economic development and renewable energy projects in Malawi.
The Scottish Government’s £11 million Malawi Development Programme will fund 11 projects over the next four and a half years, to be delivered in partnership between Scottish-based organisations and their Malawian partners.
Projects awarded funding include a partnership with Water Aid to improve the health of mothers and children through better sanitation and access to safe water in healthcare facilities and childhood development centres, and a collaboration between the University of Glasgow and the University of Malawi to establish an undergraduate dental degree programme.
Following a successful pilot at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, NHS Tayside are now also working to develop emergency and trauma units at all central hospitals in Malawi, with the aim of delivering a national emergency trauma network.
Since 2005, hundreds of projects have been supported in Malawi contributing to the Millennium Development Goals and their successor, the United Nations Global Goals.
International Development Minister Ben Macpherson said:
“Scotland and Malawi have a significant shared history, stretching back more than 150 years to the travels of Dr David Livingstone. The Scottish Government aims to harness these links to bring about positive change.
“Working in collaboration with the people of Malawi, our focus is to assist the most vulnerable communities in improving their health and education systems, as well as achieving long-term sustainable economic development.
“This funding will allow partner agencies to deliver tangible benefits to the people of Malawi, and reflects the enduring special relationship between our two nations.”
Kenneth R. Ross OBE, Chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership, said:
“Scottish organisations working with Malawian counterparts are making a distinctive contribution to countering poverty and meeting the challenge of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“The Scottish Government grants announced today will significantly strengthen this effort and are much to be welcomed.”