College of Medicine (COM) is pleased to announce the 21st Research Dissemination Conference.  The conference will be held from 24th to 25th November 2017 at College of Medicine Mahatma Gandhi Campus in Blantyre. The theme of the conference is: Driving the next decade of research in Malawi: Achieving health-related Sustainable Development Goals. 


The conference will promote dialogue and critical reflection on the extent to which research has contributed towards achieving health-related sustainable development goals. It will feature abstract driven sessions across eight different domains, Malawian and international guest speakers, the John Chiphangwi Memorial lecture, the Research Open Day, Exhibitors, the Science Café, and awards for the best presentations by students.


The conference will bring together researchers in various areas of the health sector, practitioners and policy makers from within and outside Malawi.   Specifically, participation will be drawn from government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), development partners, universities and research institutions.


The presentations will fall under any one of the following Tracks: HIVand AIDS; Sexual and Reproductive Health; Non-Communicable Diseases; Maternal and Neonatal Health;  Malaria; Mental Health; Health Systems and Health Policy; Nutrition; and Emerging Issues (Injury and trauma, Palliative Care, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Environmental Health).


The Science Café will focus on adolescent health. Specifically, it will provide a platform where the following will be discussed: Ending child marriages, Teen pregnancies, Gender based violence, Adherence to ARVs.

It is expected that at the end of the conference, delegates will benefit from the deliberations in a number of ways including the following:

  • share vast experiences and gain knowledge on recent research findings that could be used for future programming;
  • identify specific interventions that are making greater impact which could be replicated in other parts of the country;
  • identify and analyse existing gaps which could be addressed in future research.


Registration fees are as follows:

  1. undergraduate and postgraduate students: MK15,000
  2. University of Malawi faculty members: MK30,000
  3. Other delegates: MK40,000
  4. International delegates: USD100


The fees will cover the cost of lunch, refreshments, the Malawi Medical Journal (September issue) and the conference abstract booklet.

To register in advance, please contact us on

Registration will also be done at the beginning of the conference (from 08:00 am) at the venue.


5 CPD points will be awarded for attendance and 5 additional points for each presentation.


For more information please write to the following e-mail addresses: