The United States of America under Secretary of States for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman Esteems L

Posted January 13, 2014
The United States Under Secretary of State for political affairs, the third ranking person in the United States Department of State, commended the Lighthouse Trust for the outstanding job it is doing in regards to provision of integrated HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support. Sherman mentioned this when she visited Martin Preuss Centre, a Lighthouse site at Bwaila hospital on March 8, 2012.

Accompanying her were the United States Ambassador to Malawi, Jeannine Jackson, Embassy, CDC and USAID senior staff as well as other officials.

In her discussion with Dr Sam Phiri the Lighthouse Executive Director Sherman expressed how amazed she was with the Lighthouse activities.

“The number of patients including pregnant and lactating women and children assisted at this clinic is so amazing and your Electronic Data System (EDS) is so perfect,” she said.

Lighthouse is a super high burden Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) site with over 17,000 patients alive on ART that includes patients with TB and HIV co-infection. It also provides HIV Testing and Counseling to over 3500 clients every month.

With Support from the American People, Lighthouse, in collaboration with Baobab Health Trust developed and implements a real time touch screen based Electronic Data System (EDS) for ART patient management, data collection to monitor patient outcomes and assists in cohort report generation. Currently the EDS is being extended to TB/HIV management at MPC.

The visit to Lighthouse allowed the United States Under Secretary to appreciate the progress of the contribution of United States development assistance in the health sector especially in the area of HIV and AIDS.

In his remarks Dr Sam Phiri stated that the high profile visit of the United States Under Secretary is historic to Lighthouse as it strengthens the relationship it has with the United States government since it gets significant funding through a Cooperative Agreement with Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) complementing the Malawi Government and other donor efforts.

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