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Chipatala Robot beats child mortality

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chipatala1WAITING FOR A TURN—Guardians and patients in a queueIt is 6:30 am in summer and Makhuwira Health Centre’s Outpatient Department (OPD) is already full of people waiting to be attended to.
The majority are women accompanying their under-five children.
At exactly 7:15 am, a health surveillance assistant (HSA) appears and enquires from guardians about symptoms the children have shown.
“My child has high temperature, is vomiting and has a cough. He hardly slept last night,” says Christina Saulo of Maraba Village, Traditional Authority Makhuwira in Chikwawa.
She looks exhausted. She has walked a nearly two-hour distance with her child weighing about 15 kilogrammes on her back.

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Saving lives from TB-HIV co-infection

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OVERWHELMED—High proportion of TB patients strains health facilitiesOVERWHELMED—High proportion of TB patients strains health facilitiesShe lies frail on Ward 3A’s bed at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.

Faines (not real name) is wearing a flowery pink top and a black beret covering her head. Her lips look dry and cracked but she tries to purse them as she tells her experience with recurrence TB.

“This is the second time I’m receiving TB treatment. I first had it two years ago,” says Faines, a Chileka resident, who has been receiving treatment at the hospital for two months now.

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Three Malaria Group Pre-MSc Research Interns awarded the Wellcome Trust Master's Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

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Dr Donnie Mategula, Miss Melody Sakala and Dr Mphatso Dennis Phiri, pre-Master’s interns within the Malaria Research Group have each been awarded the prestigious Wellcome Trust Masters Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine that will support a 1-year master’s training in the United Kingdom from September 2017 and thereafter, an 18-month research project in Malawi.