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MLW Malaria Group Leadership Seminar featured in College of Medicine Research Support Centre Newsletter

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Malaria Group Interns in training

The MLW Malaria Group leadership skills workshop conducted in December 2016 was featured in the College of Medicine Research Support Center October 2016 – January 2017 newsletter. This shows the collaboration and good relationship between the two institutions and also the significance of the workshop.

The leadership skills workshop is a 5-day seminar with follow-up sessions conducted every 4 months. Follow-up sessions include a discussion on a leadership skill of choice and each participant is encouraged to come up with a leadership development plan for the next 4 months. Specifically, follow-up sessions aim at bringing participants together to share and learn from each other’s life experiences and also to assess and track progress made on participants’ development plans.

The workshops, which attract participants from MLW, Malaria Alert Centre, College of Medicine, The Polytechnic and Kamuzu College of Nursing, are facilitated by Professor Rob Moodie, Masters of Public Health Coordinator at the College of Medicine, who has developed and facilitated these workshops over the last eight years at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Past workshops have also attracted guest speakers, usually individuals in leading positions in society, who share their life stories and how they have risen to success.

Apart from equipping the MLW Malaria Group members with leadership skills, the workshops have also encouraged networking between members from the participating institutions and have generated innovative ideas, including MLW Malaria Group interns’ participation in WHO’s 2017 Health Policy and Systems Research Essay Competition.


Dr. Henry Mwandumba awarded MRC African Research Leader Award

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Mucosal Immunology Research Group Head Dr. Henry Mwandumba has been successful in his MRC African Research Leader award. 
This title and the accompanying grant rewards exceptional achievement, leadership and vision in medical science, particularly as this relates to scientific research impacting health in Africa. 
In Dr Mwandumba’s case, the award recognises more than 20 years of achievement in both Immunology and Clinical Medicine.  Dr Mwandumba has published at the highest level and has grown a research group which is unique in Africa, leading in quality and growing rapidly. 
MLW is delighted to heartily congratulate both Dr Henry Mwandumba and his group on this very significant achievement.  MLW also thank Dr. Mwandumba for accepting a place on the MLW Strategic Management Team.

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.