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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.
 
 
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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.