The king has praised Malawi for its “remarkable success” in eradicating the infectious disease trachoma, which causes blindness.
Charles, in a message to the country’s President Lazarus Chakwera, recognized the “hard work, dedication and dedication” that led to the breakthrough.
The Countess of Wessex is visiting Malawi to celebrate the achievement and has attended a dinner marking the milestone before joining guests at the national World Sight Day celebrations in Malawi on Thursday.
The King said in his message: “This is a remarkable achievement and a true testament to all those whose hard work, dedication and commitment have resulted in Malawi becoming the first country in Southern Africa to be rid of this devastating, neglected tropical disease in the… public has eliminated health problem.
“Tackling preventable blindness across the Commonwealth was a cause close to my beloved mother’s heart.
“Indeed, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, established in 2012 to create a lasting legacy for her, has made trachoma elimination an important part of its mission.
“I am particularly proud that Malawi is the first Trust-supported country to achieve the extraordinary milestone of trachoma elimination.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced a few weeks ago that it had validated Malawi’s elimination of trachoma as a public health problem, becoming the fourth country in the WHO’s African region after Ghana (June 2018), The Gambia (April 2021) and Togo ( May 2022) to achieve this significant milestone.
Sophie is visiting Malawi in her role as Global Ambassador for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and former Deputy Patron of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.
Charles continued: “The pledge made by so many Commonwealth leaders at the Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Summit in Kigali a few months ago gives me great encouragement that other countries will be inspired by your achievement and will therefore redouble their efforts to eradicate trachoma along with other diseases of this kind.”