BY MARTIN MUBISA
King Charles III of Great Britain says is “particularly proud” of President Lazarus Chakwera leadership that has made it that Malawi becomes the first – supported by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust – to reach the extraordinary milestone of trachoma elimination.
Addressed to President Chakwera from Balmore Castle, the King described the feat as “a historic achievement.”
Reads King Charles III’s message: “This is a remarkable success, and a true testament to all those whose hard work, dedication and commitment has led to Malawi becoming the first country in Southern Africa to eliminate this devastating, neglected tropical disease as a public health issue.
“Tackling avoidable blindness across the commonwealth was a cause close to the heart of my beloved mother. Indeed, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, set up in 2012 to create an enduring legacy for her, took the elimination of trachoma as a major part of its mission.”
The Countess of Wessex, Sophie, who is also Global Ambassador for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness handed over a certificate to Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda certifying that Malawi is a trachoma free country.