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Call for one year Pre-MSc and Pre-PhD research internship, and PhD top-up scholarships

The College of Medicine (CoM, https://www.medcol.mw) and Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW, http://www.mlw.medcol.mw) are committed to promoting research and research training led by Malawian & International Scientists. The aim is to improve the health of people in Malawi and elsewhere in the Region. Collectively, the CoM and MLW have a unique translational research portfolio which links an excellent laboratory research base to strong hospital and community-based research and high-level policy formulation. The CoM research agenda is broad ranging from disease-focussed thematic areas such as HIV, malaria and cancer to multi-disciplinary thematic areas such as reproductive health, nutrition and child development and health policy. Details of areas of research interests of CoM faculty members and research organization at CoM can be accessed on these websites: http://researchdirectory.medcol.mw/ or http://www.rsc.medcol.mw. The MLW Research Strategy is built on research areas driven by research groups, which are described on the MLW website: http://www.mlw.medcol.mw .

Our aim is to support talent with exciting research and mentorship opportunities at MLW and/or COM, and where applicable with co-supervision from senior academics from other national or international institutes. The Joint CoM/MLW Training Fund (2018-2023) is funded by the Wellcome Trust, and aims to support Malawian based candidates. We are offering scholarships for the following:
• Pre-MSc interns and Pre-PhD interns who show early potential to develop into independent researchers over time. Who, with senior support and mentorship, will be able to develop competitive international MSc training fellowship applications within the period of their internship.
• Pre-PhD interns (MSc degree holders) who show early potential to develop into independent researchers over time. Who, with senior support and mentorship, will be able to develop competitive international
PhD training fellowship applications within the period of their internship.
• PhD students looking for top-up funds – to support current PhD registered candidates at MLW and COM (or upcoming candidates who have secured their PhD stipend and tuition funding) to help maximize their PhD experience and output. Awarded budgets will range from £10,000- £14,000 for Pre-MSc interns and £12,000 – £20,000 for Pre-PhD interns per person. These funds include a monthly stipend plus eligible research costs, such as research consumables or relevant personal development activities including short courses and travel for Pre-MSc and Pre-PhD interns. PhD top up funding can be requested up to £20,000 towards project funding (but not for PhD stipend and tuition fees).

Applications need to include:
a. An application letter detailing your suitability for the scholarship, motivation and career ambition
b. A letter of support from a potential (co-)supervisor with a proven research track record in the applicant’s chosen research thematic area.
c. A detailed CV, include information on academic performance and achievements to date, including any awards and personal distinctions, research grants and/or fellowship funding received, and any relevant outputs, including publications and presentations.
d. The research group you would like to work with and why. A letter of support from the research group leader will be an added advantage.e. Photocopied certificates and transcripts
f. A 2-page outline research concept and internship plan with a budget. (Including any other existing funding sources that may contribute to internship).

Applications will be assessed on the following: academic performance and potential of the candidate, quality of the proposed research, supervisory team and training environment, alignment of the research to MLW-CoM research areas and proposed career track and planned next training level, application presentation (including budget) and interview performance. Applications will need to show how the scholarship will help the candidate
develop a competitive MSc or PhD degree training application or how it will help the candidate maximizes the output from their ongoing PhD.
Shortlisted candidates will be given one month to develop, under the supervision of his/her proposed supervisors, a 2-page internship plan before being interviewed by a panel of senior scientists for the final selection of successful candidates. Information on research groups / themes can be found on the aforementioned websites. For any other questions and clarifications, please contact Training Coordinator on training@mlw.mw OR rsctrainingcoordination@medcol.mw . An information session for applicants and supervisors will be held on 12 March 2020 at MLW in the Nyika room from 4:00 to 5:00pm. All those interested should confirm attendance through training@mlw.mw. Please send applications to: training@mlw.mw) and CC rsctrainingcoordination@medcol.mw. The closing date for applications is 24th March, 2020

2020 -2021 Undergraduate Application Form:

Follow the link to download application form and instructions on how to apply. Deadline for submission is 31st January 2020. Download Application Form here

CEBHA+ Evidence-based Public Health Workshop

The Collaboration for Evidence-based Healthcare and Public Health in Africa (CEBHA+) invites you to a five day, interactive workshop on Evidence-based Public Health at the College of Medicine Mahatma Gandhi Campus in Blantyre, Malawi.

Date of workshop: 25-29 May, 2020.

Time: 09:00 – 17:00 Hours

Venue: Seminar room, Research Support Centre, Chimutu Building College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi.

Objectives of the workshop:

The workshop will introduce the concepts of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and focus on finding, appraising, interpreting and applying best evidence to public health questions relevant to the African setting. After this workshop, you will be able to:

 – Explain and discuss the principles and importance of EBPH

– Explain concepts of “complex interventions” and “complex systems” and understand how these affect evaluation of public health interventions in primary research and evidence synthesis

– Formulate clear questions relevant to public health in Africa

 – Search for best evidence to answer the question

– Describe the study designs used to evaluate public health interventions

 – Critically appraise a controlled before and after study on a public health intervention and interpret results

– Describe the value of research synthesis in public health

 – Critically appraise systematic reviews and interpret results

– Discuss applicability of evidence to make evidence-informed decisions in a public health context

– Outline the value of public health guidelines and discuss concepts of evidence use in policy and practice

This workshop is suitable for:

– Researchers planning to undertake systematic reviews of public health interventions or working on other aspects of evidence-based public health; – Mid-career professionals working in public health institutions; and – Students undertaking postgraduate studies and wishing to embark on a career in evidence based public health.

– People who are committed to participate for all the five days of the workshop

How to apply: If you are interested in participating in the workshop, we request that you submit an online application by 20th of February 2020, Limited spaces available. Successful participants will be notified via email.

Note: Participants will pay for their own accommodation and transport to and from the workshop venue.

Follow this link to apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScH68-ZCT2u28ZaU7rSXwDY-1mESJbzITPlU9c6PmZe16cK3w/viewform

To enquire please contact: Suzgika Lakudzala Mobile: +256 999 60 48 91/ +265 888 35 40 02 Email: slakudzala@medcol.mw Dr Nyanyiwe Mbeye Mobile: +265888356338 Email: nmbeye@medcol.mw Richard Mmadi Mobile: +265 99 444 5167 Email: rsctrainingcoordination@medcol.mw

This workshop is supported by funding from the Collaboration for Evidence-based Healthcare and Public Health in Africa (CEBHA+) project which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the Research Networks for Health Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa Funding Initiative.

2020 – 2021 Mature Entry Application Form

2020 – 2021 Mature Entry advert for UNIMA

Maldent Project – PhD Studentship

COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

THE MALDENT PROJECT

PhD ADVERT

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 (www.themaldentproject.com). 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 (https://www.who.int/oral_health/publications/promoting-oral-health-africa/en/), 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 hr@medcol.mw to reach him on or before 1700Hrs on 20th September, 2019.

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Call for Applications – Postgraduate Diploma in HIV Medicine

COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

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”. 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:

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 for consideration for intake beginning 13 January 2020 by 30th September2019 to:

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

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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.

PRESS RELEASE – SELECTION LIST FOR BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY FOR THE 2019/2020 ACADEMIC YEAR

SELECTION LIST FOR BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY FOR THE 2019/2020 ACADEMIC YEAR

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:

A. BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY (FOUNDATION YEAR)

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)

B. BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY (YEAR ONE)

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.

PAYMENT OF FEES

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 www.medcol.mw 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 admissions@medcol.mw stating student’s name, programme of study and year of study.

OR

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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