Prince Harry tells youngsters to ‘hold onto your dreams’ on first official visit to Malawi as he learns about solar-powered medicine stores and jokes with locals at clinic
- Duke of Sussex learned about work of medical staff and other employees at Mauwa Health Centre in Malawi
- Discussion was supposed to be about sexual health but also touched on climate change and conservation
- He had travelled to visit project ensuring vaccines, drugs and other treatments are more readily available
The Duke of Sussex told a group of young people to ‘hold on to your dreams’ today as he visited a clinic in a remote village on his first official visit to Malawi.
Prince Harry sat down for a private chat with the teenagers in the rural heartland of the African country, after learning about the work of medical staff and other employees at the Mauwa Health Centre.
Sitting outside but under cover from the searing sun, the discussion was supposed to be about sexual health but also touched on other topics the duke is passionate about, including climate change and conservation.
The Duke of Sussex visits the Mauwa Health Centre in Blantyre, Malawi, today on day nine of the royal tour of Africa
The Duke of Sussex takes part in a discussion with young people during a visit to the Mauwa Health Centre in Malawi today
The Duke today inside a pharmacy-in-a-box installation, used for the temperature controlled storage of medical supplies
Excited crowds gather on the street during the visit of the Duke of Sussex to the Mauwa Health Centre in Malawi today
The pharmacy-in-a-box means drugs are kept at the right temperature, are secure, and that the right amount is on hand
A health official said: ‘They asked him what challenges he faced when growing up and he did have challenges but he said they were not similar as the context was different.
‘He told the young people to ‘hold on to your dreams’ and he urged them to show kindness, empathy and work together.’
Harry had travelled to the village of Blantyre to see an innovative project funded by the US and UK Governments which is ensuring that vaccines, drugs and other treatments are more readily available.
The pharmacy-in-a-box – a prefabricated, solar-powered and air-conditioned storage facility for medicines – means drugs are kept at the right temperature, are secure, and that the right amount is on hand.
Outside but under cover from the searing sun, the discussion today was on sexual health, climate change and conservation
Prince Harry smiles during his visit (left), which was hotly anticipated by the residents of Blantyre (right, awaiting his arrival)
Prince Harry learned about the work of medical staff and other employees at the Mauwa Health Centre today
Residents of Blantyre await the arrival of the Duke of Sussex for a visit to the Mauwa Health Centre in Malawi today
Two residents of Blantyre wait for the Duke of Sussex to arrive for his visit to the Mauwa Health Centre today
Health workers said the facilities, which now number more than 350 across Malawi, have cut thefts and reduced wastage of medicines, increased staff motivation, and encouraged people to seek treatment because they know the drugs are available.
At the health centre, patients can access a range of services from a maternity unit to malaria treatment as well as HIV testing and after care if someone is found to have the virus.
Harry said of the drugs used to treat an HIV patient: ‘You need to know your status and know there’s medication, so you can have a happy and healthy life.’
The Duke, who is sixth in line to the British throne, has been visiting southern Africa for two decades for holidays and conservation work, but this trip marked his first visit to Malawi and Angola in an official capacity.
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