This week I had the privilege of visiting with Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika, the President of the Republic of Malawi. Irving Hoffman, who directs the UNC Project in Malawi, and I traveled to New York, and met with the President there. He was in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly.
At our meeting we described UNC’s long-standing and far-reaching activities in his country, including patient care, teaching and research efforts. I told him about my trip to Malawi in May and June of this year, and I gave him a copy of my blog entries that describe the visit.
He welcomed us warmly and told us of his desire to expand and deepen our partnership work.
I invited him to come to UNC and to North Carolina, so that we can show him our Carolina hospitality.
Global health surely involves governments and institutions, but fundamentally it is about people — people working together to improve the human condition.