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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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MAY 2017

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While nearly every agency and

section of our embassy worked

on health programs, it did not

necessarilymean that they were

always in sync.

Marum, both M.D.s, set the example for what became a truly col-

laborative undertaking for the entire embassy. PEPFAR Coordi-

nator Kristie Mikus ensured that this practice of collaboration

ricocheted through the rest of the interagency health engagement.

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A Public Diplomacy Bonanza

America’s public health programming is a uniquely good

story reflecting the generosity and technical virtuosity of the

American people. Because our health programming occurred

throughout Zambia, it gave me opportunities to travel to remote

locations, meet and engage local leaders and, with our creative

public diplomacy team, craft a steady stream of positive press.

Our health programs also attracted very high-profile VIP

visits. Former President George W. Bush visited three times,

including for the December 2011 global launch of the Pink Rib-

bon Red Ribbon initiative to combat cervical cancer. The PRRR

partnership continues to this day as an innovative public-private

partnership. Former President Bill Clinton visited Zambia on

Clinton Foundation business, while former Millennium Chal-

lenge Corporation Chief Executive Officer Daniel Yohannes

arrived in May 2012 to sign our MCC compact dedicated to

boosting economic productivity by reducing waterborne dis-

eases. Bill Gates monitored Gates Foundation projects, and U.S.

Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx came to help refurbish

and inaugurate a clinic in Livingstone. Senior congressional

staff delegations came to study our maternal and child health

programs. Each visit was another opportunity to underline the

commitment of the American people to Zambia and the positive

outcomes of our joint collaboration on health.