VOA Highlights Efforts Of 3 U.S. Groups To Provide Medical Supplies To Improve HIV Services In Malawi

“In Malawi, three U.S. groups working against the spread of HIV have provided medical supplies to 85 health facilities,” Voice of America reports. The supplies, provided by PEPFAR, CDC, and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), were donated as part of a five-year program to improve HIV and health services in Malawi, VOA writes, adding, “Nicole Buono, the country director for EGPAF, said the supplies provided by the coalition of U.S. anti-AIDS groups include blood pressure meters, stethoscopes, thermometers, weighing scales, stop watches, gloves and furniture.” Noting a 2013 survey by Malawi’s National AIDS Commission and the Department of Nutrition and HIV/AIDS found a 10 percent drop in the HIV prevalence rate since 2008, the news service adds, “CDC spokeswoman Beth Barr said although the United States is encouraged by the tremendous progress Malawi is making in fighting HIV,  there are still gaps that needs to be filled” (Masina, 9/11).