The Scottish government will provide more than £9 million in funding to projects aimed at helping poor people in Malawi.
International Development Minister Humza Yousaf has announced that total of £9,245,384 is being made available over the next three years which will help projects working to improve health education, economic development and renewable energy in Malawi.
“Our continuing support for Malawi reflects the special and enduring relationship our two nations have enjoyed for many decades.
“The projects we are funding over the three years to 2018 will continue to improve the lives of some of the most poor and most vulnerable people in Malawi.The people of Scotland can be proud of their role in making this happen,” Yousaf said.
Organisations that will receive Scottish Government funding for their work in Malawi include the Yorkhill Children’s Charity, the Meningitis Research Foundation, NHS Lothian, Christian Aid Scotland, Oxfam Scotland and the University of Strathclyde.
Projects that will be supported include efforts to improve breast cancer treatment and maternity and child health services, as well as health initiatives aimed at reducing unnecessary blindness.
Schemes that provide school meals, improve numeracy and literacy, tackle youth unemployment, boost food production and provide access to energy will also benefit.
The international development minister met consultant oncologist Dr Ewan Brown, who is project lead for the Edinburgh Malawi Cancer Partnership, during a visit to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.
Afterwards,Yousaf said: “Over the last ten years through the Malawi Development Programme, Scotland has made a real and lasting difference to the lives of many of our friends in Malawi.
“Our contribution has helped to deliver around 70 projects that have, among other things, supported midwives to safely deliver babies, improved children’s access to access vital education, increased access to energy and helped people to find work to support their families out of poverty.”
He added: “Funding new projects is especially important given the recent devastating floods that the people of Malawi are dealing with.”
Yousaf said Scotland is a “good global citizen” committed to contributing to the international community, opening up horizons and having a positive influence across the globe.
The Scottish Government has invested more than £37 million over the last decade in more than 100 projects to improve the lives of people in Malawi, according to Yousaf.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :