A Powerful Force: U.S. Global Health Assistance and Sexual And Reproductive Health and Rights in Malawi

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On February 11, 2020, CHANGE released the investigative report, A Powerful Force: U.S. Global Health Assistance and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Malawi, at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. The report analyzes the successes and failures of in-country U.S. global health assistance documenting the testimony of healthcare organizations and private citizens. The event began with opening remarks from Serra Sippel, President of CHANGE, and a keynote speech from Karl Hofmann, President and CEO of PSI and former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Togo. Bergen Cooper, CHANGE’s Director of Policy Research, moderated a panel discussion featuring:

  • Beirne Roose-Snyder, Director of Public Policy, CHANGE
  • Emma Kaliya, Director of the Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre
  • Brian Ligomeka, Director of the Centre for Solutions Journalism

Panelists addressed a range of issues including the U.S. Global Gag Rule, Index testing, working with religious leaders, organizational capacity building, and many of the findings from the report.

Following the panel, guests enjoyed a photo exhibition and reception. The exhibit spotlighted local Malawian photographers, George Ntonya and Zikomo Mbwana, who joined the CHANGE fact-finding mission. Their photographs, which were included in the report and exhibit, were part of a photography project meant to disrupt harmful paradigms of representation and document the ways in which individuals in Malawi wanted to be portrayed to the U.S. government and advocates.

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