MLW is an internationally leading health research institution led by Malawian & International Scientists, pursuing scientific excellence and improving the health of people in sub-Saharan Africa.

Since its inception in 1995, MLW has maintained partnership with College of Medicine at the University of Malawi, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the University of Liverpool and our major funder the Wellcome Trust. MLW is based in Blantyre with field research sites around urban Blantyre, Thyolo and Chikhwawa.


Our aim is to conduct high quality research relevant to health in sub-Saharan Africa. The programme is embedded within a rapidly growing medical school, co-located within the largest teaching hospital in Malawi with direct access to urban and rural populations. MLW has demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in Malaria, HIV/ TB, infection & immunity, and vaccine research. We have recently added a programme of non-communicable diseases (NCD) research to our portfolio. MLW research will continue to increase understanding of why certain diseases are so common in resource-poor countries like Malawi and why these diseases occur. We will also test new treatments and vaccines, and ensure that they impact on health care.

Our aims are:

  1. The pursuit of cutting-edge research focused on health problems with a high disease burden.
  2. The provision of a research training environment for a wide range of hospital, laboratory and community-based scientists.
  3. The development of globally competitive research leaders.
  4. The translation of scientific advances into human health improvements.

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