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Furthering Health Management in Malawi
Contributed by The Editors   
Tuesday, 07 November 2006
The Institute of International Health and Development (IIHD), based at Queen Margaret University College, has been granted £171,000 to support health management and contribute to improved health services in Malawi. 
Funding has been made available from the Scottish Executive International Development Fund over three years.  IIHD staff will contribute to the development of a School of Community and Public Health in the College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi and support the delivery of a postgraduate diploma course in health management. The IIHD team will provide mentorship throughout the process of course design and implementation, as well as teaching on the programme.

The project will be based at the College of Medicine in Blantyre and 15 other districts across each of Malawi's three regions.  Ultimately, all users of health services in Malawi will be able to access improved services. Health management is expected to improve quickly, given the immediate impact of the training involved, which will be offered to a wide range of health professionals.   

Professor Barbara McPake, Director of IIHD said:  "This is the only health management course in Malawi and it seeks to strengthen management practice throughout the country.

"In the past, initiatives to strengthen the health workforce in Malawi have focused on investment in clinical skills, whist this one recognises that these skills cannot be effective without adequate complementary management skills."  

The Institute for International Health and Development comprises a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in the medical professions, psychology, anthropology, sociology and health economics. They focus on socially relevant research and post graduate teaching in international health and development. Most of IIHD's students come from overseas and many have considerable professional experience.

The IIHD has extensive experience of supporting capacity building in health management in low income countries  including Nigeria (Benue State University), Bangladesh (National Institute for Population Research and Training) and in addressing management issues as part of the support given to the Malawi College of Health Sciences.   IIHD delivers education in health management at Masters level, including modules in health systems development and management, and in project design and management.

Click here to see a list of IIHD's courses (coming soon)

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