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Maldent Project – PhD Studentship




The College of Medicine and the University of Glasgow Dental School have received funding from the Scottish Government to establish Malawi’s first Dental School and to work under the leadership of the Ministry of Health to develop an Oral Health Policy for the country. The programme of work is known as the MalDent Project ( A core component of the policy strand of the work will focus on prevention of dental disease, with a particular emphasis on children.

1. PhD studentship

Funding is available to support a PhD project which will form an integral part of the Scottish Government-funded MalDent Project. The core objective of the PhD programme of work will be to develop potential models of prevention of oral disease in children that would be appropriate to the Malawian environment, particularly in rural areas. These outputs would inform work of the Oral Health Strategy Development Group being established within the Ministry of Health as part of the MalDent project.

2. Duration of the studentship.

The project will be funded for four years, subject to satisfactory performance of the postgraduate students at annual review.

3. Background information

The planned activity relating to the development of a child oral health improvement strategy would be based on the approaches recommended in the Promoting Oral Health in Africa manual (, published by the WHO in 2016. This recognises the importance of integrating oral health within the context of non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and control and utilising holistic approaches that address common risk factors. The work would be based around the checklist for policy development and advocacy outlined in the WHO manual. This covers five main themes:

• Integrating oral health into strategic health programmes

• Integrating oral health care into primary health care (with a focus on oral health promotion /

disease prevention)

• Ensuring the provision of school-based oral health programmes

• Supporting community-based approaches to oral health

• Improving oral health data collection for planning, monitoring and evaluation

The programme of work will be undertaken in three phases:

Phase 1: this will involve a national population-based oral health survey of children in Malawi, with age groups selected following a review of relevant factors, including access issues. It is envisioned this would be undertaken in conjunction with the WHO Regional Office, with support from the Ministry of Health, education authorities and schools, primary health care managers and trained health workers.

Phase 2: a situation analysis will be performed, involving relevant stakeholders across the themes for policy development outlined above. This should help to identify potential interventions at the primary health care, school and community levels which would be relevant to the Malawian environment, recognising that different approaches may be appropriate for different regions and communities.

Phase 3: the final phase will involve disseminating the information collected to stakeholders via workshops to inform and help facilitate the development of an appropriate child oral health improvement strategy for Malawi. Thereafter, the team in Malawi could host a regional workshop to share knowledge and experience of such work across neighbouring countries.

4. Supervision and training

The PhD studentship will be jointly supervised by academic staff in the College of Medicine School of Public Health & Family Medicine and the Community Oral Health Research Group at the University of Glasgow Dental School.

Training in generic research skills will be included as part of the programme of work.

5. Desired skills and experience

A good degree (minimum of a 2:1/credit) relevant to health services / public health and/or social science. Those with a professional healthcare degree (eg MBBS) would also be eligible.

Candidates with a relevant Master’s degree or an equivalent professional qualification e.g. in public health, or research methods, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Interested persons should send an application enclosing their CV to to reach him on or before 1700Hrs on 20th September, 2019.


Call for Applications – Postgraduate Diploma in HIV Medicine




The College of Medicine (CoM) was established in 1991 as a constituent college of the University of Malawi with a mission “to be an academic centre of excellence in the training of doctors and other health professionals in clinical service and medical research, responsive to the health needs of Malawi and its neighbours within the Southern African region”. The Faculty of Medicine offers a Postgraduate Diploma in HIV medicine, which is in addition to the many highly successful health related courses including the MBBS programme.

HIV continues to be a major health issue in Malawi and the Sub-Sahara African region. As such, Malawi has embarked on an accelerated aggressive scale-up of ART provision with aim to control the HIV epidemic by 2030. To achieve these targets, Malawi needs to have large numbers of trained health care workers to deliver care to HIV infected patients and deliver preventive measures. The postgraduate diploma in HIV medicine will enable the practitioner to work at HIV medicine specialist level, managing complex HIV issues at urban health centre, district and tertiary/referral hospital level.

Who should apply? Health practitioners who are interested in acquiring skills to work at HIV Medicine specialist level.

Course content: This is a one and a half-year postgraduate diploma program with modules in Virology and immunology; Epidemiology of HIV; HIV Diagnosis, Transmission and Prevention of transmission; Laboratory monitoring in the management of HIV disease;

Goals of Antiretroviral therapy (ART) and Classes of Drugs for the management of HIV (pharmacology); Complications of HIV infection; Sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV; HIV and Psychosocial and ethical issues; Supportive Management of the HIV infected patient; and Occupational Health and HIV.

Mode of delivery: The program will be delivered part-time over 3 semesters via a combination of seminars, tutorials, supervised clinical practice and self-study delivered through: face to face lectures or via several e-learning platforms and practical work with patient contact via the ART clinic and medical wards at QECH.

Program fees: USD 2,900

Admission Requirements:

  1. A degree in Clinical Medicine or Nursing.
  2. Working experience of at least 2 years experience working in private or government health facilities, in research and academic institutions (universities) and NGOs dealing with HIV care provision.
  3. Registered with the relevant regulatory body

A non-refundable application fee of MK8000.00 for Malawians and $300.00 for non-Malawians.

Payment should be made to:






Application forms that do not meet the requirements stated above will not be processed.

Completed application should be sent for consideration for intake beginning 13 January 2020 by 30th September2019 to:

The Registrar

College of Medicine

Private Bag 360


Blantyre 3, Malawi

Attention: Assistant Registrar (Academic)

Tel: + 265 (0) 1 874 107, Fax +265 (0) 1 874 700



Launch of Center of Excellence in Ethics and Governance (CEEG)

Launch of CEEG

The University of Malawi (UNIMA) and its four constituent Colleges will on Wednesday, 28th August 2019 launch a multi disciplinary Centre of Excellence in Ethics and Governance (CEEG) at the Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe.

The overall theme of the launch of the CEEG is ‘Ethics and Governance as Moral Capital Investments for Malawi’s Rapid and Sustainable Development within a Competitive Globalized World.’

The Honorable Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Mr. Bright Msaka, SC and Member of Parliament for Machinga Likwenu, will grace the official inaugural ceremony.

Speaking during a Press Briefing which took place on Wednesday, 21st August, at the University Office in Zomba, the Acting Director of CEEG Professor Joseph Mfutso- Bengo explained that the aim of the centre is to eradicate malpractices that rampant corruption, abuse of public resources, in order for countries to invest in moral capital, good governance, professionalism and in disciplined professional ethical human capital.

“Ethics, governance and leadership works together in order to provide change to the system. We have found out that there are four pillars which are; leadership, governance, ethics and system,” he said

Professor Mfutso -Bengo emphasized that people need to start trusting the system to work on its own without being coerced by corruption in all areas of the government.

“When one applies for a German Visa, they just wait for the system to operate on its own without them leaving their work place to query.” he added.

The Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Al Mtenje also highlighted that as a training centre, the aim is to try and change the mindsets of the people so that they should start believing in the system.

“People will be coached to change their mindsets, attitude and be encouraged to follow ethical practices. Even those on the wrong side of ethics will realize that ethics are imperative and change their mindsets too,” he said.

Professor Mtenje added that not every academic program in the UNIMA had an element of ethics. In this regard, all programs will have an element of ethics in them.

In addition, the University Registrar Dr. Benedicto Wokomaatani Malunga explained that, democracy is a complicated system that requires learned people that understand where they put a stop to where somebody else’s freedom begins.



The College of Medicine is pleased to announce that University Council has approved the admission of candidates to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery for the 2019/2020 academic year as follows:


1. James Mark (M)

2. Michael Evans (M)

3. Andrew Nyirenda (M)

4. Gift Munyasa (M)

5. Timothy Chikwali (M)

6. Patrick Moses (M)

7. Anthony Kasiya (M)

8. Nivah Mwafulirwa (M)

9. Grace Masuku (F)

10. Mutoni Bisetso (F)

11. Towera Chipeta (F)

12. George Shaba (M)

13. Tafadzwa Mushava (M)

14. Rizwana Patel (F)

15. Lemani Chandidya (M)


1. Owen Makwerusa (M)

2. Luka Phiri (M)

3. Felix Nandolo (M)

4. Emmanuel Kapininga (M)

5. Happy Ngulube (M)

6. George Kafera (M)

7. William Nsini (M)

8. Esther Khomba (F)

9. Chifundo Banda (M)

10. Ruth Kalimbira (F)

All candidates admitted into this program are expected to report to Central Registry, Blantyre Campus for registration and orientation on 19th August, 2019. Orientation will be from 19th August to 23rd August, 2019 and is compulsory for all. You will be further advised by the program coordinator of other activities within the week. Classes will commence on Monday, 26th August, 2019. 

All students are selected on non-residential basis and accommodation availability and options can be requested through the Dean of Students.


All students are required to pay at least 50% of tuition fees before registration. Students can only attend classes if registered as per policy of the University of Malawi of no fees no registration. Please refer to the academic schedule found on our website for key dates.

All students are informed that payment of fees should be made through the bank details indicated on the offer letter.

Students are required to scan and email proof of payment (bank deposit slip) to the following email address stating student’s name, programme of study and year of study.


Present the deposit slip to the Accounts Office on arrival and a receipt will be issued thereof. Please note that the College shall not accept cash or cheque payments for fees.

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Second call for abstract submission – 23rd COM Research Dissemination Conference




7th – 8th November 2019

“Addressing sustainable development goals through multidisciplinary research


The College of Medicine (CoM) is pleased to announce that the 2019 College of Medicine Research Dissemination Conference will be held from Thursday 7th November to Friday 8th November 2019 at the College of Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi Campus in Blantyre, Malawi. The conference is the premier gathering of local and international research scientists, public health practitioners and policy-makers. This year’s theme is Addressing sustainable development goals through multidisciplinary research”.During this conference, participants will discuss and reflect on addressing sustainable development goals through multidisciplinary research in Malawi.

CoM is therefore inviting interested investigators to submit abstracts relevant to any of the following thematic areas:

  1. Communicable diseases
  2. Non-communicable diseases
  3. Nutrition
  4. Health Systems and Policy
  5. Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health

Applicants are advised that this year’s applications and registration will be done online hence they should visit to register and submit their abstracts. The abstracts should be submitted online by 17:00hrs on Saturday, 24th August, 2019. The closing date for registration and payment is Monday, 7th October 2019.

Please note that the Malawi Medical Journal (MMJ) will publish a special issue for 2019 Research Dissemination Conference abstracts.

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and successful investigators will be informed by Monday, 16th September, 2019. Applicants will be required to pay registration fees as follows;

  1. Undergraduate and Postgraduate students: MK20,000
  2. University of Malawi Faculty members and COM affiliates staff: MK30,000
  3. Other local delegates: MK50,000
  4. International delegates: $100

For more information, please contact us on or call on +265 (0)884 515 018 or +265 (0)994 445 167. You can also visit Research Support Centre in ICT Building at College of Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi campus.