“One of the things I value most is putting the community first. Those close to the problem should have the greatest say in how that problem is being addressed. ”
Muhammad will support The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program in Guinea-Bissau by helping to build relationships with potential partners who can strengthen the initiative. The program, named after former senators George McGovern and Bob Dole, has provided food to 40 million children in 24 countries since it was created in 2002. World Vision, a humanitarian organization, reports that 65 million people in Africa did not get enough to eat in 2018, including more than 11 million people in West Africa.
“One of the things I value most is putting the community first,” says Muhammad, who served in the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa, from 2013 to 2016. “Those close to the problem should have the greatest say in how that problem is being addressed.”
Muhammad says that her specific responsibilties in The Gambia will be determined in the coming weeks. But she knows that she will team up with The Global Fund to help fight malaria, a disease caused by a parasite spread by certain types of mosquitoes. According to the World Health Organization, malaria infected approximately 200 million people in Africa in 2017, which accounted for 92 percent of all cases of the disease.
“We have the tools and treatments to prevent and cure malaria,” The Global Fund, which distributes about $5 billion a year to fight AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, says on its website. “This is a fight we can win, if we build and maintain unwavering commitment.”