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    Philanthropist Melinda Gates says her organisation will continue supporting Malawi in various sectors of human transformation including response to climate disasters and public health emergencies.

    She said this last week during an interface with President Lazarus Chakwera when she paid on him a call in response to an invitation by the Malawi leader.

    Ms. Gates is the co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a philanthropic organization that exist to fight poverty, disease, and inequality around the world, with an endowment worth over 60 billion dollars.

    She was in the country with former United States First Lady Michelle Obama and lawyer Amal Clooney. The three came in the country to carry out programs around girl empowerment in a bid to discourage escalating levels of child marriages in the country and across Africa.

    During the Kamuzu Palace meeting, Gates expressed outright zeal to work with the Malawi leader on building deeper collaboration between Malawi and the Gates Foundation.

    She also expressed interest in Malawi’s debt distress at a time the country is seeking support from the international community on its desire to restructure its debt.

    President Chakwera thanked Gates for the enduring support Malawi received from Gates Foundation, with direct reference to the 76 million dollars that goes to various socioeconomic programs in the country.

    He also welcomed her interest in Malawi’s plight in the face of climate change disasters such as Cyclone Freddy and public health emergencies.

    The President presented to his guest a framework for scaling up the Foundation’s support to Malawi going forward, especially for the empowerment of women and girls through the provision of education, entrepreneurship, health and digital services.


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