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University of Malawi

In October 1964, the University of Malawi was founded. Teaching started in September 1965 at the newly established campus which was formerly an Asian Secondary School in Blantyre. Only 90 students were enrolled. By 1967, the Institute of Public Administration at Mpemba, the Soche Hill College of Education, the Polytechnic, all in Blantyre, as well as Bunda College in Lilongwe, were incorporated as constituent colleges of the University of Malawi.

Except Bunda College and the Polytechnic, the other colleges moved to Zomba in 1973 to form the now Chancellor College campus.Kamuzu College of Nursing became the fourth constituent college in September 1979 and the College of Medicine in Blantyre became the fifth constituent college when it was established in 1991. Currently 7, 371 students are enrolled in various degree, diploma and certificate programmes.

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Male involvement antenatal care helps with the uptake of services and retention in care of both the mother and her baby. Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

How to get Malawian men more involved in antenatal care - and why it matters

Male involvement in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is key for the uptake of services and retention in care. When men are involved, HIV exposed or infected children do better.
Child mortality rates in the country are high. John Fredricks/NurPhoto via Getty Images

How smartphones could help improve child health in Malawi

Health surveillance assistants provide services in village clinics, mainly by assessing signs and symptoms in sick children. An electronic community case management app could make their job easier.
Malawi faces the biggest overhaul in its electoral system since the 1990s. Shutterstock

Malawi’s plans for major electoral reform are way overdue

The proposed change to Malawi's electoral system is straightforward and makes logical sense. Yet it's more complex and if adopted would revolutionise local politics.
Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi, addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly. He never went home for a month afterwards. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Power battles keep Malawians guessing why their president disappeared

One needs to understand Malawian politics to appreciate the bizarre episode in which a state president was unaccounted for a month, leaving a nation rudderless and puzzled.
A freeze of donor funding has resulted in the Malawian government not hiring a group of nurses and intern doctors. Reuters/Eldson Chagara

How IMF’s loan freeze will affect health care in Malawi

A group of junior doctors, nurses and healthcare workers will not be employed by the Malawian government this year as it is cuts its wage bill to satisfy its international donors.
In Malawi men who have sex with men can access healthcare services but they do not always get adequate treatment, care and support. shutterstock

Why men who have sex with men have problems with health care in Africa

Malawi and Tanzania have created programs to provide sexual and reproductive health services and HIV interventions. But men who have sex with men say it's still difficult to access care.
Malawian President Peter Mutharika has promised to fight the corruption that has seen donors withdraw their support for his impoverished nation. Reuters/Eldson Chagara

What drives corruption in Malawi and why it won’t disappear soon

Malawi appears to have learnt nothing from the biggest state corruption scandal that rocked the country two years ago, leading to donors withdrawing their support. The same conditions still remain.
Poverty is rife in Malawi, with more than 90% living on less than US$2 a day. One of the reasons young urban Malawians give for engaging in transactional sex is to get food. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

What’s driving young people to have transactional sex in Malawi’s slums

Material deprivation and young people desiring the latest fashion trends are motivating the transactional sex relationships in Malawi's urban slums.

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