Trust Vice-Patron to visit Malawi in Commonwealth Week to see the work of the Trust
On the occasion of Commonwealth Week Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO, Vice Patron of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, will next week visit Trust programmes in Malawi to end avoidable blindness and champion young leaders.
During her time in Malawi, Her Royal
Highness will travel to the Kasungu district where she will see the activities
underway as part of our initiative with the Malawian Ministry of Health and the
International Coalition for Trachoma Control to eliminate blinding trachoma. The
Countess’ visit comes at an exciting time in Malawi as the country reaches an historic milestone in its fight against
blinding trachoma: from now on no one in Malawi need lose their sight from this
ancient, painful infectious disease. The country is on track to meet by 2018
the World Health Organisation criteria where trachoma is no longer a public
health problem and verification of elimination by 2020.
The Countess will visit Lilongwe's
Kamuzu Hospital to see the impact of the Trust-supported Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium to build long term capacity in Malawi to deliver quality eye
care services. Her Royal Highness will meet with Malawian scholars and fellows
who are receiving eye health training and carrying out research under the
Consortium, and patients being screened for eye diseases including by the new
smart-phone based retinal scanning technology, Peek Retina. The Countess will
see first-hand how new technology is ensuring people can get their eyes
screened in any setting, when visiting a
Primary School to see a demonstration of the Peek School screening app.
The Countess will also undertake two
visits to projects run by Malawi’s Queen's Young Leaders. Her Royal Highness will
firstly meet young women being supported by the 'Girls Arise for Change'
initiative – a project set up by 2017 winner Virginia Khunguni which teaches work place skills to young women
affected by violence and lack of education. The Countess will also see the
'Loud Ink' project in action, which 2016 winner Madalo Banda established to
provide young writers with a platform to engage in social issues through short
our Vice-Patron’s tour in Malawi via:
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For media enquiries about the Trust’s work to end avoidable blindness and champion young leaders in Malawi, contact Effie Blythe at firstname.lastname@example.org; +44(0)20 3358 3385 / +44(0)7792 705 384