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Application for COLLEGE OF MEDICINE NCD BRITE Mentored Research and Internship Awards

Download the application form here:  2018 College Of Medicine NCD BRITE mentored award_application form

 

REVISION OF CHARGES FOR CENTRAL REGISTRY SERVICES

All students and former students are informed that, with effect from 01st October 2018, Central Registry has revised charges for its services as follows:

No. SERVICE OFFERED CHARGE

1

Academic Transcript (Ordinary); MK10,000

2

Academic Transcript (Express); MK15,000

3

Proficiency Letter MK2,500

4

Certificate of Completion MK2,500

5

Identification letter MK2,500

6

English Academic reference letter MK2,500

7

Authentication of copies of certificates MK10,000

 

THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Deposit the charge into the following National Bank account:

                         Account Name: College of Medicine Rentals Account

                         Account Number: 1003263618

                         Branch: Chichiri

  1. Fill out a Service Request form and submit to the Central Registry together with the deposit slip. Submission can be done in person or by scanning the two documents and email them to admissions@medcol.mw. The form can be obtained at the Registry Office or you can download it here
  2. Collect the product.

BY THE REGISTRAR

THE MALAWI NATIONAL TB CONTROL PROGRAME – 2018 TB RESEARCH NETWORKING MEETING: CALL FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

THE MALAWI NATIONAL TB CONTROL PROGRAMME

2018 TB RESEARCH NETWORKING MEETING

The Malawi National TB Control Programme (NTP) in collaboration the College of Medicine – Helse Nord Tuberculosis Initiative (HNTI) Research Group, Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW), Research for Equity and Community Health (REACH) Trust, Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU) and Challenge TB has organized the “2018 TB Research Networking Meeting”.

The objectives of the meeting are as follows:

  • Showcase diverse selection of ongoing research in Malawi
  • Strengthen the existing Malawi TB Research Network, building on previous initiatives and new opportunities.
  • Highlight the role of research in ensuring Malawi achieves immediate END TB strategy milestones to reduce year 2015’s TB incidence by 20% and TB deaths by 35% by 2020, and that no TB-affected families face catastrophic costs due to TB. 2025 targets are 50% reduction in TB incidence, and 75% reduction in TB deaths.
  • Map key research priorities for next 5 to 10 years in line with the END TB strategy.
  • Identify available funding to support TB Research Network in Malawi, and plan for future sustainability.

This two day conference will comprise key speakers, plenary session, abstract driven oral presentations, talking posters (4 min) /speed talks in the following broad thematic areas

  • TB case detection and patient care (x-rays, CAD4TB and new diagnostics)
  • Mitigating care-seeking costs for TB and multi-sectorial engagement
  • Can Malawi meet 2020 and 2025 END-TB mortality targets?
  • Kumvetselera thupi’ Engaging men in TB control interventions
  • Basic TB research in Malawi: Hosts, drugs and bugs
  • Electronic data systems (e-registrars, ePAL)
  • Abstract driven oral and electronic poster sessions

Venue: Bingu International Conference Centre, Lilongwe, Malawi

Dates: 19th and 20th November 2018

All participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation costs with a limited numbers of travel scholarships available.

Registration: To apply, please request a registration form from the HNTI Scientific Administrator (hnti@medcol.mw )

Abstract submission: Please see accompanying Call for Abstracts

Sponsors: NTP, HNTI (College of Medicine), MLW, Challenge TB

THE MALAWI NATIONAL TB CONTROL PROGRAM – 2018 TB RESEARCH NETWORK MEETING

THE MALAWI NATIONAL TB CONTROL PROGRAMME

2018 TB RESEARCH NETWORKING MEETING

The Malawi National TB Control Programme (NTP) in collaboration the College of Medicine – Helse Nord Tuberculosis Initiative (HNTI) Research Group, Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW), Research for Equity and Community Health (REACH) Trust, Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU) and Challenge TB has organized the “2018 TB Research Networking Meeting”.

The objectives of the meeting are as follows:

  • Showcase diverse selection of ongoing research in Malawi
  • Strengthen the existing Malawi TB Research Network, building on previous initiatives and new opportunities.
  • Highlight the role of research in ensuring Malawi achieves immediate END TB strategy milestones to reduce year 2015’s TB incidence by 20% and TB deaths by 35% by 2020, and that no TB-affected families face catastrophic costs due to TB. 2025 targets are 50% reduction in TB incidence, and 75% reduction in TB deaths.
  • Map key research priorities for next 5 to 10 years in line with the END TB strategy.
  • Identify available funding to support TB Research Network in Malawi, and plan for future sustainability.

This two day conference will comprise key speakers, plenary session, abstract driven oral presentations, talking posters (4 min) /speed talks in the following broad thematic areas

  • TB case detection and patient care (x-rays, CAD4TB and new diagnostics)
  • Mitigating care-seeking costs for TB and multi-sectorial engagement
  • Can Malawi meet 2020 and 2025 END-TB mortality targets?
  • Kumvetselera thupi’ Engaging men in TB control interventions
  • Basic TB research in Malawi: Hosts, drugs and bugs
  • Electronic data systems (e-registrars, ePAL)
  • Abstract driven oral and electronic poster sessions

Venue: Bingu International Conference Centre, Lilongwe, Malawi

Dates: 19th and 20th November 2018

All participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation costs with a limited numbers of travel scholarships available.

Registration: To apply, please request a registration form from the HNTI Scientific Administrator (hnti@medcol.mw )

Abstract submission: Please see accompanying Call for Abstracts

Sponsors: NTP, HNTI (College of Medicine), MLW, Challenge TB

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR 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”. Through postgraduate training, CoM expects to develop and mentor clinicians, public health practitioners and scientists who will become leaders and game-changers in their areas of speciality to transform the health sector in Malawi and globally. In pursuit of its mission, the CoM is inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates to undergo training in the following postgraduate programs:

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN HIV MEDICINE

HIV continues to be a major health issue in Malawi. Malawi aims to control the HIV epidemic by the year 2030. To achieve this, trained health care workers are needed. The PG diploma is a one and half-year part-time course which will train clinicians to specialist level in HIV Medicine who will provide HIV care at advanced level.

Scholarships:

15 Competitive bursaries are available for successful candidates covering tuition fees and stipend.

Applicants interested should contact Dr Jane Mallewa (jmallewa@medcol.mw).

Admission Requirements

Minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, Bachelor of Science in a clinical field (Paediatrics and Child Health, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Anaesthesia and ICU) or a medical degree (MBBS). Additionally, the students should hold an MOH ART provider certification or equivalent and be registered by the medical or nursing councils of Malawi

Closing date: 28th September 2018

Start Date of Studies: 7 January 2019

Applications for all postgraduate programs should include:

  1. A completed postgraduate application form. The forms are available at www.medcol.mw/application-forms/or CoM Central Registry

  2. Sealed academic transcripts

  3. Authenticated copies of academic certificates

  4. Authenticated copies of professional registration certificates where applicable

  5. Letter of release from employers (if employed)

  6. Proof of funding (e.g. sponsorship agreement letter). Where applicants intend to sponsor themselves, copies of appropriate financial records must be submitted e.g. bank reference.

  7. Reference letters (one academic and one professional)

A non-refundable application fee of MK10000.00 for Malawians and $300.00 for non-Malawians.

Payment should be made to:

COM POSTGRADUATE POOL

NATIONAL BANK OF MALAWI

CHICHIRI BRANCH

ACCOUNT NUMBER : 698881

CURRENT ACCOUNT

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

Completed application should be sent:

The Registrar

College of Medicine

Private Bag 360

Chichiri

Blantyre 3, Malawi

Attention: Assistant Registrar (Academic)

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

E-mail: admissions@medcol.mw

Copy: postgraduateadmin@medcol.mw

CRH AWARENESS WEEK-OPENING DAY CEREMONY

The CRH awareness week kicked off to a great start. The first of a series of events lined up for this week was the Opening Day Ceremony. Indeed it was a delightful event. The event attracted quite an audience with representatives from the Ministry of Health, Blantyre District Health Office and representatives from organisations like Project Concern International, Dignitas International, Peace Corps, GENET, BLM, Blantyre Youth Voices, Blantyre Youth Organization and Jesus Outreach Church. The Guest of Honor: Mr Penjani Chunda (Acting Director for Health and Social Services) represented Blantyre District Health Officer. Other notable guests were Associate Professor Fanuel Lampiao (Dean of Postgraduate and Research), Dr Eric Umar (HOD,Health Systems and Policy), Dr Gladys Chapotera (Public Health) and Professor MfutsoBengo (Health Systems and Policy)The day started off with an opening prayer by Bishop Kumeta. Dr Effie Chipeta, operations manager for Centre for Reproductive Health, gave the first opening speech. She gave a brief history of CRH and highlighted some key features of the centre. She explained CRH’s involvement in teaching and training, advocacy, contribution to policy and its contribution to science through research.

Up next was the guest honor, Mr Chunda, who expressed his gratitude for the honor. He highlighted the relevance of adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights. In his speech, he stated how decisions at adolescence have life-lasting effects on the health and socio-wellbeing of the adolescents. He further stated how investments made on adolescents’ wellbeing will guide the future of the country as these youngsters represent the future pool of human resources. He was therefore glad that the CRH Awareness is an opportunity to address various factors affecting young boys and girls as the theme of the week is the “Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; Our future their future.

The guest of honor’s speech was then followed by exhibitions for the various research projects on-going at the CRH. Members of CRH presented the different studies and projects. The studies presented include the Every Preemie Study, Gender Equality and Reproductive Health Initiative (GERHI), the DREAMS Study, the Cryotherapy Study, The Abortion Study, Birth Defects Study. In addition to the current studies / projects, an exhibition on the various training programs offered by CRH was also given. This exhibition was of course not without some thought-provoking and intellectually burning questions from the audience. The exhibition was then concluded by a discussion between the audience and study investigators.

Lastly, Prof Willliam Stones made some closing remarks. He highlighted the importance of research in evidence generation and how this evidence feeds back to policy. He also talked about the postgraduate programs offered by the college and how these programs often attract students with vast experience from working for different ministries, agencies and organizations at both the national and district level. He further noted how these students often linked their course modules to their day to day work and how their dissertation topics were often inspired by the knowledge gaps in their work experiences.

A closing prayer was then made, and refreshments were served. Of course, this event could not have been a success if not for the masterminds behind it, Kate, Patani, Princess, Razack and Monica.

THE CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

The Centre for Reproductive Health has organised an awareness week with an aim of raising awareness about the activities of the Centre for Reproductive Health.

Theme: Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights – Their Future, Our Future.

Dates: 3-7 September 2018

Activities:

Exhibitions and Media Awareness (Monday, 3 September 2018, 9.00am -12.00pm, CRH Offices, Chipatala Avenue)

Debate (Tuesday, 4 September 2018, 4.00pm to 6.00pm, Lecture Theatre 1)

Topic: The distribution of contraceptives in primary schools and the 100m policy.

Science Café (Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 11.30am to 1.30pm, Library Auditorium)

Topic: Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues – The problem for the girls, the boys or the communities? Who should be the focus for the interventions?

Students’ Day (Thursday, 6 September 2018)

Research Seminar (Friday, 7 September 2018, 12.00pm to 1.30pm, RSC Conference Room)

Title: Assessing outreach and retention into DREAMS programming and HIV risk reduction among Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) and male partners of AGYW in Machinga and Zomba, Malawi

For more information, contact Patani Mhango on 0888604700 or email pmhango@medcol.mw or Kate Gondwe on 0992433053 or kgondwe@medcol.mw

THIRD AND FINAL CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – 2018 RESEARCH DISSEMINATION CONFERENCE

“Health Research for Preventing Illness and Improved Health Services in Malawi”

The College of Medicine (CoM) is pleased to announce that the 2018 College of Medicine Research Dissemination Conference will be held from Friday 23 rd November to Saturday 24 th November 2018 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 “Health Research for Preventing Illness and Improved Health Services in Malawi”. During this conference, participants will discuss and reflect on the role of health research in prevention of illnesses and improvement of health services in Malawi.
CoM is now inviting interested investigators to submit abstracts relevant to any of the following thematic areas:
1. Communicable diseases, mainly focusing on malaria, HIV and tuberculosis
2. Non-communicable diseases
3. Nutrition
4. Health Systems and Policy
5. Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health
Submitted abstracts should include the following sub-sections;

1. Specific thematic area that the abstract addresses (i.e. any of the above-listed
thematic areas)
2. Title
3. List of authors and their affiliations and contact details of the presenting author
including telephone number and email address.
4. Introduction
5. Methods
6. Results
7. Conclusions or Interpretation Investigators are required to use a template of the abstract that can be accessed on the
following website: https://www.medcol.mw/rdc/ .

The abstract should not be more than 300 words in length and should not include any tables or figures. Investigators must clearly indicate whether they intend to make an oral or poster presentation. The abstracts should be submitted by email to 2018rdcabstracts@medcol.mw by 17:00hrs on 7 th September, 2018.
All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and successful investigators will be informed by 28 th September, 2018. Oral and poster presenters will be required to pay registration fees, as follows;
1. Undergraduate and Postgraduate students: MK10,000
2. University of Malawi Faculty members: MK20,000
3. Other delegates: MK30,000
The fees will cover the cost of lunch, refreshments, printing of abstract booklet and other conference-related expenses.
Please note that 5 CPD points will be awarded for attendance and 5 additional points for each presentation. If you would like to register in advance please contact us on 2018rdcregistration@medcol.mw    or call on 265 (0)888 123 811/ +265 (0)991 431 587. You can also visit Research Support Centre in ICT Building at College of Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi campus. If you need further information, contact us on 2018rdcenquiries@medcol.mw  .

THIRD AND FINAL CALL FOR EXHIBITORS – 2018 RESEARCH DISSEMINATION CONFERENCE

Health Research for Preventing Illness and Improved Health Services in Malawi”

The College of Medicine (CoM) is pleased to announce that the 2018 College of Medicine Research Dissemination Conference will be held from Friday 23 rd November to Saturday 24 th November 2018 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 policymakers. This year’s theme is “Health Research for Preventing Illness and Improved Health Services in Malawi”. During this conference, participants will discuss and reflect on the role of health research in prevention of illnesses and improvement of health services in Malawi.

We are inviting interested companies and individuals to submit their expression of interest to put up exhibitions of their products and services. This will be an opportunity for you to showcase your products, network with delegates and gain
new business opportunities/clients hence raising your profile to the researchers and the general public.

To exhibit your products, you will be required to pay the following:
1. Local business exhibitors: MK 80, 000.00
2. International business exhibitors: USD 600

Each individual manning the exhibition stall will pay a registration fee of MK 10,000.
This will cover refreshments and lunch. The registration fees can be paid in advance or on the conference day. If you would like to register in advance please contact us on 2018rdcregistration@medcol.mw  .

You can also visit Research Support Centre in ICT Building at College of Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi campus.
If you would like to be an exhibitor, please request an Expression of Interest form from the following email address: 2018rdcexhibitions@medcol.mw .Please send back the completed form by 17:00hrs on 7 th September, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact us on  2018rdcenquiries@medcol.mw

 

 

HERBAL MEDICINE REGULATION WORKSHOP

The University of Malawi (UNIMA) College of Medicine (CoM) through its Africa Centof Excellence in Public Health and Herbal Medicine (ACEPHEM) is pleased to announce the offering of a Training Workshop in Herbal Medicine Regulation (HMR) for health professionals, biomedical scientists and herbal medicine researchers as follows:

Dates:                       Monday, 20th August –Friday, 24th August, 2018

Venue:                  College of Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi Campus, Blantyre

Workshop Coordinator: John Mponda, Second Deputy Director (ACEPHEM), Lecturer in Pharmacy

WORKSHOP FACILITATORS

Facilitators: Prof Lutz Heide, Mr. Daniel Maennle, Tubingen University (Germany), Prof. Ludger Wessjohann, Bioorganic Chemistry, Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (Germany), Mrs.Ute Norwig, German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfarM) (Germany), Ms Jacinta Nyaika, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Malawi), Mr. Chris Walker , Pamthunzi Learning Centre, Dr. Zacharia Magombo, National Herbarium and Botanical gardens and Dr. Cecilia Maliwichi Nyirenda,  Malawi College of Medicine.

Aim: The workshop is aimed at equipping healthcare professionals, herbal medicine scientists and practitioners with practical knowledge and skills in Herbal Medicine Regulation.

Proposed Training Course objectives                                  

By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the basic principles of herbal medicine regulation.
  2. Explain the global overview on traditional and complementary medicine regulation
  3. Describe the importance of herbal medicine regulation
  4. Describe the process of regulating herbal medicines
  5. Explain the impact of Good Agricultural Practices on quality of herbal products
  6. Identify qualitatively the presence of phytochemicals in herbal medicines
  7. Use a microscope to identify anatomical parts from herbal medicine powder
  8. Prepare a herbal medicine preparation using basic compounding techniques

Workshop Methodology

Mainly interactive sessions consisting of lectures, questions and answer and discussion, practical case studies, practical, demonstration and an educational visit. A Certificate of attendance in Herbal Medicine Regulation (HMR) will be provided for those who complete workshop. All power-point presentations will also be provided to participants by emails at the end of the workshop.

Who should apply?

This training is targeting 30 Healthcare professionals (Clinical, Nursing, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Physiotherapy and Public Health personnel). It is also targeting other biomedical scientists, postgraduate students doing research in herbal medicine may find this useful.

Target number of participants: 30 (based on first come, first serve)

Workshop fee: USD100 per participant. Course fees cover course material, and tea.  The ACEPHEM has limited scholarships to cover the workshop fees of participants. These will be awarded on merit and on first come first serve basis.  Participants are advised to find their own transport and accommodation.

Application Deadline: Applications should be submitted to emokiwa@medcol.mw, copy gondwet@medcol.mw) no later than 13th August 2018. For inquiries contact the above email addresses.  Download the application form here :

Herbal Medicine Regulation Training-Application Form