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Welcome to MLW


We conduct internationally excellent research to benefit health and we train the next generation of researchers. In pursuit of this important mission, MLW is implementing two clinical research programmes focusing on preventing death and transmission of infections.

MLW is closely linked with the community and is an integral part of the University of Malawi's College of Medicine. These relationships provide a unique opportunity replicated in few centres in Africa to study major health issues spanning both community and hospital. Malawi provides a unique supportive environment, with government commitment to universal health coverage, strong engagement with research and willingness to innovate around evidence-based public health programmes. MLW surveillance and diagnostic platforms provide clinicians with early indicators of changes in the incidence of common and emerging diseases.

We study individual and community behaviour and bring this together with basic biology in order to plan appropriate interventions that improve health. Our translational pipeline, while providing an excellent academic environment, results in significant clinical trials and we transfer the findings to policy leading to improved health in Malawi and world-wide.

Most Recent Publications

One year mortality outcomes from the ACTA trial of cryptococcal meningitis treatment in Malawi. Kanyama C, Molloy SF, Chan AK, Lupiya D, Chawinga C, Adams J, Bright P, Lalloo DG, Heyderman RS, Lortholary O, Jaffar S, Loyse A, van Oosterhout JJ, Hosseinipour MC, Harrison TS. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Jun 1. pii: ciz454. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciz454. 

Domestic river water use and risk of typhoid fever: results from a case-control study in Blantyre, Malawi. Gauld JS, Olgemoeller F, Nkhata R, Li C, Chirambo A, Morse T, Gordon MA, Read JM, Heyderman RS, Kennedy N, Diggle PJ, Feasey NA. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 May 30. pii: ciz405. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciz405. 

Strengthening human resources for health in resource-limited countries: The case of Medic to Medic in Malawi. Bickton FM, Lillie T. Malawi Med J. 2019 Mar;31(1):99-101. doi: 10.4314/mmj.v31i1.17. 

Efficacy and safety of artemether-lumefantrine as treatment for Plasmodium falciparum uncomplicated malaria in adult patients on efavirenz-based antiretroviral therapy in Zambia: an open label non-randomized interventional trial. Banda CG, Chaponda M, Mukaka M, Mulenga M, Hachizovu S, Kabuya JB, Mulenga J, Sikalima J, Kalilani-Phiri L, Terlouw DJ, Khoo SH, Lalloo DG, Mwapasa V. Malar J. 2019 May 24;18(1):180. doi: 10.1186/s12936-019-2818-7.

Developing national strategies for reaching men with HIV testing services in Tanzania: results from the male catch-up plan. Conserve DF, Issango J, Kilale AM, Njau B, Nhigula P, Memiah P, Mbita G, Choko AT, Hamilton A, King G. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 May 20;19(1):317. doi: 10.1186/s12913-019-4120-3.