A 5-day course in Developing Leaderships Skills in Health

Presented by :

The School of Public Health and Family Medicine and the Research Support Centre

Facilitated by Professor Rob Moodie

University of Malawi, University of Melbourne

July 18th-22nd 2016
RSC Conference Room, Chimutu Building (Blantyre Campus)

There is no charge for the course

As public health practitioners, researchers and clinicians, we are taught to care for our patients and communities, but how much do we teach and learn about how to lead, manage and care for our colleagues, team members, and most importantly, ourselves within the midst of our professional responsibilities?

This five-day intensive course is about developing and enhancing our leadership skills across five leadership domains: vision and decision making; communication; people management; technical capacity; and emotional intelligence. This course provides an understanding of how different individuals effect leadership and a greater understanding of one’s self as a leader.

The course is based on co-facilitation and collaborative learning where the “distance” between teachers, facilitators, guests and participants is minimized. It is based on creating an unintimidating environment where participants can share their stories, successes, failures, preferences and dislikes. It encourages continual and constructive individual reflection, self-assessment as well as group interaction.

It is aimed at the practice of healthy leadership, with particular focus on leadership of self and of knowing and understanding colleagues retrospectively as well as prospectively. The most important outcome is the design and implementation of participants’ own plans for developing and nurturing their leadership skills.

Rob has developed and facilitated this course with colleagues over the last eight years as part of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the University of Melbourne. In addition, it has been conducted with over twenty diverse leadership groups from Asia and the Pacific, as well as as part of a joint program in eight South Asian countries, in addition to being run in Mozambique. This is the second time that this course will be conducted in Malawi. The first was a highly successful course run in February 2016 with twenty young emerging leaders in the MLW malaria group.

Course objectives

On completion of this course, participants should be able to:
• Analyze and define the key characteristics of successful leaders, studied and observed during the course;
• Articulate the key challenges in contemporary health leadership roles;
• Develop their own plan for further developing and practicing leadership skills;
• Map pathways to becoming successful leaders in public health practice;
• Reflect and develop a greater understanding of their own selves and mechanisms they can use to lead successful lives, not only to be successful leaders; and
• Demonstrate and practice leadership and follower-ship skills in a team.

The course will run for 5 days from Monday July 18th to Friday 22nd – participants must attend ALL days. There is a maximum of 25 places for participants. We are looking for a wide cross section of health practitioners from public health, nursing, health management and administration, medicine, midwifery, research, environmental health, and clinical officers.

Expression of Interest

If you would like to attend please send a 200 -300 word explanation of why you would like to do the course and what you would hope to gain from doing it, and include a short bio-sketch.

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………and complete the form now, or by Sunday 26th June at the latest. We will contact you very soon afterwards to let you know if you have been accepted.

For any enquiries please contact Rob Moodie at rmoodie@medcol.mw or Vincent Samuel at rsccourses@medcol.mw

DHS program

Since 1984, The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program has provided technical assistance to more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries, advancing global understanding of health and population trends in developing countries.

The DHS Program has earned a worldwide reputation for collecting and disseminating accurate, nationally representative data on fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, gender, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and nutrition.

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Accommodation ardvertisement for students

Management of College of Medicine is inviting all interested people or organizations with property that they would like to lease out to students of College of Medicine to submit adverts to the college for access to the students at no cost.

The advertisement will appear on our notice boards as well as our website.

The advertisement must contain the following information.

  • Location of the house(s), and distance to and from campus
  • Available date for occupation/preferably from 15th August 2016
  • Furniture and other equipment available, please provide all the necessary details.
  • Status of tenant needed e.g. non smokers, sober habits, singles or married, special needs etc.
  • The cost per month (whether it includes electricity and water and terms of payment).
  • Security if any available, e.g. 24hour guarding services, alarm facility, fence etc.
  • Types of rooms available, this has to be supported with pictures; number of occupants per room.
  • Your contact details, mobile numbers and e-mail address(es)
  • Other services available e.g. laundry, cleaning, transport etc.

Please note that the students will apply for accommodation directly to you. The college will not enter into any kind of Agreement with any property owner.

Send your adverts to the Registrar, College of Medicine, P/Bag 360, Chichiri, Blantyre 3.  Email: accommodation@medcol.mw  by Friday, 1 July 2016. For more information or clarification please contact the Dean of Students 01871911 ext. 275 E-mail: studentsdean@medcol.mw

Hostel accommodation application 2016/2017 academic year

The College of Medicine wishes to inform all first year foundation students selected for various programmes at the College that application for accommodation is now open.

Those who want to be considered for college accommodation should complete this application form. The completed forms should be sent to the Registrar not later than 30th June 2016 to the following address: College of Medicine, P/Bag 360, Chichiri, Blantyre 3, or e-mailing to accomodation@medcol.mw

Applicants will be notified in advance whether their application for accommodation has been successful or not.  Selected students are advised to ensure that they have made adequate arrangements for their accommodation before opening of the College. All first year foundation students are expected to report on campus on Monday, 15th August 2016.

For more information, please contact the Central Registry on 01871911/01875142 ext. 250 or 265

Malawi-based FP to Talk About Practicing Internationally

May 17, 2016 02:26 pm Chris CrawfordWorld Family Doctor Day(www.globalfamilydoctor.com) is May 19, and to celebrate the work family physicians are doing around the world, the AAFP is hosting a “Family Medicine On Air”(plus.google.com) Google Hangout that day from 10-10:15 a.m. CDT. The live event will feature John Parks, M.D., who is currently based in Malawi.

Family physician John Parks, M.D., (right) discusses a case with two Malawian residents (Jessie Mbamba, M.B.B.S., left, and Modai Mnenula, M.B.B.S., center) during ward rounds at Mangochi District Hospital.

Parks will discuss his experience working as a lecturer in the department of family medicine at the University of Malawi College of Medicine. The department has only been around since 2011, and Parks himself has only been at the school since July of last year.

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Dr Benjamin Kumwenda win grant to create R&D network


According to Kumwenda, a lecturer at the University of Malawi College of Medicine, he will use the grant to develop bioinformatics groups in Malawi for application of computational technology to solve biological or medical problems.

They will also train graduate students in bioinformatics using the fund to support other projects including in multi-drug resistance in humans.

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New Book on Moral Capital Available

New book available on moral capital titled BIOETHICS AS MORAL CAPITAL: MIND BUILDING FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND PROFESSIONALISM written by Professor Joseph Mfutso-Bengo. The book is meant to promote professionalism, integrity, sustainable development using Umunthuology framework. This book is easy to read and very relevant to Malawian context. This text book is meant for educators, students, professional in health and non health sectors, for managers and leaders. The usual price is 55.9 Euros. Those who wish to buy this book at a discounted rate of 40 Euros can do so through  Professor Joseph Mfutso-Bengo (0999957805 email mfutsobengo@medcol.mw). The discounted is available until 13th May 2016. Below is the summary of the book. please forward to those who are interested in the topic.

Bioethics is moral capital. Many countries have been investing their resources in knowledge and skills development (human capital) only,
while ignoring right attitude (value-based learning and character formation).This book gives practical guidance on the use of bioethics in evidence and value based decision-making process and mind-building. From African umunthuology moral principle the author develops the KAS model for sustainable professionalism. Author proposes Moral Capital Index, LEGS framework (leadership, ethics, governance and systems) for policy implementation and advocates for moral transformation pedagogy in Malawi and other African countries in order to benefit from moral capital dividend. Moral capital is the basis for sustainable professionalism and development, nationally and globally. Failure to invest in moral capital is costly in terms of containment costs, moral hazards, corruption, inequity and loss of competitiveness. In the modern world where the knowledge gap is narrowing through ICT countries and individuals will gain comparative advantage through moral capital. Therefore moral capital education and mind-building are necessary building blocks for a resilient, growing economy.

Anniversary hostel project


College of Medicine (COM) was established in 1991 as a constituent college within the University of Malawi (UNIMA). Being the only medical school in Malawi, COM has experienced a tremendous growth over the period till now resulting in introduction of new faculties hence an increased intake. In view of this, there has been an increase in demand for accommodation on campus yet few accommodation structures have been constructed so far.
In lieu of this, COM Students thought of an initiative to spearhead sourcing of funds for construction of Anniversary Students Hostel to solve the acute accommodation problem which COM is facing at its main campus as well as celebrating that COM has spent 25 years since its establishment.


To promote student welfare and thus contribute to the development of the College and Nation. Students at College of Medicine are trained at international standards to become competent health professionals. Clinical training requires students to contribute to patient care in the hospital wards at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, often at unsocial hours. Off-campus accommodation has challenges like: substandard housing and security (particularly for girls), no access to the cafeteria, poor sanitation, inconvenient studying places, lack of internet access and difficulty with transportation.


Quality accommodation correlates to quality education, ergo for COM to continue producing competent health professionals it requires new structures to cater for the unfortunate who have to reside off campus. We thus took it in our hands and undertook a venture to raise a 178 bed hostel. We are imploring family, staff, research affiliates, and alumni, local and international donors to aid fund this undertaking.

Visit Anniversary Hostel Project Website


The University of Malawi (UNIMA) is pleased to announce names of candidates who have been selected to pursue various generic programmes for the 2016/2017 academic year on non-residential basis.

During the selection process, candidates were selected first using the equity system of admitting students into public institutions of higher learning. Under this arrangement, the top ten candidates from each district were offered places first and the rest were selected based on both merit and the size of the population of their district of origin.  The selected candidates had MSCE qualifications and other equivalent qualifications.

All candidates were selected based on the criteria of selection which are applicable to the University of Malawi.

The public is informed that the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), under the coordination of the Technical working Group from all public universities, called for applications from candidates to various programmes in all public universities including the University of Malawi. As a result of this, all public universities conducted their selection in a harmonised manner to avoid multiple selection of candidates. However each university conducted its own selection in compliance with the Act which governs its operations.

With regard to the 2016/2017 academic year, there were over 15000 applications which were received by NCHE to be considered for selection by all public universities.

Out of this group, a total of 2085 candidates have been selected to pursue various academic programmes in the University of Malawi. The gender breakdown of this figure is 998 females representing 47.86% and 1087 males representing 52.13% of the candidates.  Candidates to be admitted by the University of Malawi, account for about half of the combined total of all candidates selected by public universities in Malawi.

Last year, a total of 1920 candidates were selected to pursue various programmes at the University of Malawi. There were also 7 special needs candidates who joined various programmes in the University of Malawi.

The public may wish to note that the University of Malawi each year also considers for selection of candidates with special needs. In this regard, 9 applications were considered for admission in the 2016/2017 academic year in adherence to the policy on equitable access to higher education.  This is done due to the fact that the conditions of the candidates disadvantaged them to compete on an equal footing with their colleagues during MSCE or equivalent level examinations. On the list of selected candidates, there are 4 candidates with special needs who have been admitted. The public may further wish to note that in line with the direction of Council, all candidates with special needs, were examined by medical practitioners at the College of Medicine who provided certification as to whether or not their conditions warranted special consideration.

All successful candidates should note that they shall be required to find and pay for their own accommodation and meals. Issues pertaining to loans to be used for payment of tuition fees sponsorship are currently handled by Government through the Loans Board for Higher Education and other related institutions who support the education of candidates.

Candidates who would like to stay on campus should apply for accommodation to their respective Colleges and, if accepted, they will be required to pay the College for the same. Candidates are advised that College accommodation is limited and that this shall be allocated based on individual College criteria which can be sought from the offices of Deans of Students at each College. In allocating accommodation spaces, among other issues, Colleges shall prioritise the special needs candidates.

Furthermore, all candidates that have been selected to pursue various programmes at Kamuzu College of Nursing, will be informed by the College about the campus where they will be based. This will be either in Lilongwe or in Blantyre.

Candidates are further advised that the starting date for the 2016/2017 academic year shall be announced by each College in due course.

All selected candidates will in due course receive their offer letters and will be expected to indicate their offer acceptance. If candidates will not take up their laces, such candidates would be expected to timely advise their relevant College that such is the case.

The list of successful candidates is available on all official notice boards of the constituent Colleges of the University of Malawi and on the following websites www.unima.mw. www.cc.ac.mw, www.poly.ac.mw, www.kcn.unima.mw and www.medcol.mw. The list of successful candidates can also be accessed from the following public group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/unimaadmissions/.

Further details regarding the 2016/2017 intake and results can be obtained from the University Office during working days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. using the following number: (+265) 1 526 622 (switchboard line).


For more College specific information concerning accommodation and other issues, contact the particular College Registrar using the following details:


University Registrar                                                                                                             Monday, 25th, April, 2016


NORAD approves 2016 work plan and budget for NORHED Antimicrobial Stewardship and Conservancy in Africa project


NORAD approves the 2016 Work Plan and budget for the NORHED Antimicrobial Stewardship and Conservancy in Africa project. In a letter to Prof. Sabiha Y. Essacks, the project’s main PI base at UKZN in RSA, signed by Karstein Maseide (head of section) and Signe Marie Breivik (senior adviser) NORAD reports to have found the project’s work plan to be in line with previous implementation plan and objectives. The letter concludes with the remarks “NORAD hereby approves the submitted work plan and budget for 2016 and wish you a successful year”

NORAD approves the 2015 Narrative annual report and the 2015 Financial report: In the annual meeting held at the University of KwaZulu Natal on Monday 24th April 2016. NORAD, represented by Signe Breivik approved both the 2015 Narrative Annual report and 2015 Financial report.