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MLW in a Study to Improve Pneumonia Vaccines (2)

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pneumoniapicThe Nurse Cordinator for the study, Roseline Nyirenda briefing the media about the study

The Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome-Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW has embarked on a study called “Pneumococcal Carriage in Vulnerable Populations in Africa” (PCVPA) which aims at improving pneumonia vaccines for Malawi and in some parts of Africa.


The pneumonia vaccine, called PCV13, has been given to newborns in Malawi since November 2011. This vaccine prevents disease caused by a germ called the pneumococcus which is found in the nose of many healthy people without causing any problem but in a small number of people this germ can cause pneumonia and meningitis.


Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLW) unveils the Journalists in Resident training programme to enhance Science Reporting.

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To address the challenge of lack of specialization and fact-based Science Reporting, the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust MLW has introduced the Journalists in Resident programme which is aimed at enhancing its media engagement as part of its Public Engagement Strategy.

The programme will also enhance interaction between MLW researchers and the media.


Speaking during a two-day Journalists in Resident training workshop in Blantyre, MLW’s Media Relations Officer, Grayson Chapita said,  Since 2012, MLW has been training the media to improve their health and health research reporting skills but no significant improvement in their reporting and coverage was realised.


Developing the 2017-2021 National Malaria Research Agenda

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The national Malaria Taskforce, instigated to develop the national research agenda on malaria for 2017-2021, held their first meeting in Lilongwe on the 15th July 2015. Malaria researchers met with key partners in malaria control implementation and the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) under the Ministry of Health to discuss the priority malaria research areas for the next five years.

As the 2011-2016 National Malaria Strategy entitled “Towards Universal Access” is coming to an end, the Ministry of Health is scheduled to develop the 2017-2021 national malaria strategy. A strong, aligned national research agenda, that describes the key national and global questions and knowledge gaps, will encourage research that can support informed policy decisions.