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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

Virological failure, HIV-1 drug resistance, and early mortality in adults admitted to hospital in Malawi: an observational cohort study. Gupta-Wright A, Fielding K, van Oosterhout JJ, Alufandika M, Grint DJ, Chimbayo E, Heaney J, Byott M, Nastouli E, Mwandumba HC, Corbett EL, Gupta RK.Lancet HIV. 2020 Sep;7(9):e620-e628. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(20)30172-7.PMID: 32890497 Free article.


An outbreak of intestinal schistosomiasis, alongside increasing urogenital schistosomiasis prevalence, in primary school children on the shoreline of Lake Malawi, Mangochi District, Malawi. Kayuni SA, O'Ferrall AM, Baxter H, Hesketh J, Mainga B, Lally D Jr, Al-Harbi MH, LaCourse EJ, Juziwelo L, Musaya J, Makaula P, Stothard JR.Infect Dis Poverty. 2020 Aug 31;9(1):121. doi: 10.1186/s40249-020-00736-w.PMID: 32867849 Free PMC article.


Reply to: "Revisiting the estimation of hepatitis D global prevalence". Stockdale AJ, Hutin Y, Geretti AM.J Hepatol. 2020 Aug 27:S0168-8278(20)30444-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jhep.2020.06.039. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32863046 No abstract available.


How Does Blood-Retinal Barrier Breakdown Relate to Death and Disability in Pediatric Cerebral Malaria? MacCormick IJC, Barrera V, Beare NAV, Czanner G, Potchen M, Kampondeni S, Heyderman RS, Craig AG, Molyneux ME, Mallewa M, White VA, Milner D, Hiscott P, Taylor TE, Seydel KB, Harding SP.J Infect Dis. 2020 Aug 26:jiaa541. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiaa541. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32845969


Using HIV self-testing to increase the affordability of community-based HIV testing services: A longitudinal analysis in Lesotho. D'elbée M, Makhetha MC, Jubilee M, Taole M, Nkomo C, Machinda A, Tlhomola M, Sande LA, Guillen GBG, Corbett EL, Johnson C, Hatzold K, Meyer-Rath G, Terris-Prestholt F.AIDS. 2020 Aug 10. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000002664. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32796213