Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The visiting Scottish Pop Star Anne Lennox cast doubt on Malawi meeting development goals if donors cut aid

The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Alex Fergusson, on Tuesday visited Malawi national assembly and witnessed the parliamentary deliberations.Fergusson was accompanied by pop star Annie Lennox  -a special envoy from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association – in the public gallery.

The Malawi Speaker said the visit by his Scottish counterpart was “important”.

According to Fergsusson, an “exceptionally strong” relationship had grown between the Scottish and Malawian parliaments.

He and the ex-Eurythmics star, who was awarded an OBE in The Queen’s New Year honours for her work with AIDS charity work, will visit various projects with Scottish links including schools, feeding centres and hospitals.

And the visiting Scottish Pop Star Anne Lennox has cast doubt on Malawi meeting the Millenium development Goals-MDGs if donors cut aid on HIV and AIDS programmed.
Lennox, who is also a special envoy on HIV and AIDs to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, told Capital fm in Lilongwe.

The pop star has accompanied Speaker of the Scottish Parliament, Alex Fergusson, as guests of the National Assembly.
She said considering the magnitude of the pandemic in Malawi and other developing countries, it is illogical for international donors to cut their aid.

She however commended efforts made by the authorities in providing care for the infected and affected thereby reducing the prevalence rate.

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