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MLW and CoM Conduct a Short Course in Statistics and R

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Statistics RMalawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLW) in conjunction with College of Medicine (CoM) recently conducted a short course in statistics and R language for statistical computing. The training ran from 29 October to 2 November at the Research Support Centre at CoM. The training drew participants from both MLW and COM and was targeted at those that work on epidemiological studies and are involved in data analysis. The training modules were delivered by Marc Henrion, Augustine Choko, James Chirombo, McEwen Khundi and Victor Chikwapulo.

Participants from MLW included Wellcome Trust PhD and MSc fellows at different stages of their fellowships, staff from clinical studies as well as from the data department. From CoM, both academic, study and data management staff were in attendance. The training was a mix of basic statistical concepts and hands-on exercise using R. It covered the following areas: an introduction to R, review of statistical principles, study design, statistical hypothesis testing and basic regression modelling.

There was a high demand for the training with over 100 people signing up for the course against space availability of 40. Due to this high demand, there are plans to hold the training again in 2019 and to make it a regular on MLW’s training calendar in the coming years.

The course was organised by the Statistical Support Unit at MLW and had organisational support from the Training Committee at MLW and the Research Support Centre at CoM.


Much Joy at MLW Family Day

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MLW Family DayOn 19 October 2018, MLW hosted a Family Day for its employees and their families at College of Medicine Sports Complex.


The Family Day concept is planned annually to create a balance between work and family. On this day, families of MLW employees come together at one designated venue to participate in various activities.

The highlights of the day were outdoor sports and the fun games for both adults and children, free health services such as eye screening, mental health and hearing screening as well as promotion of healthy living through exercise and good mental health.


One of the participants in the event Esther Mpesi said the event had been exciting and well prepared.

“Am so glad to have been part of this great event. I had my eyes and ears screened and my blood pressure checked. This is good knowledge to have because I now know how my health is. Apart from this, I am also happy because of the exercises that we did here. So refreshing and fun!” said Mpesi.



MLW Hosts First GHBN Regional Meeting

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GHBN PictureMalawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLW) recently hosted a meeting for Global Health Bioethics Network (GHBN). This was the first GHBN Africa regional meeting which saw the Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), South Africa’s African Health Research Institute (ARHI) and the host Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust converge to share and interact from the 18th to the 20th of September 2018.

During the regional meeting representatives from the Africa Asia Programmes (AAPs) gave presentations on various research projects in their countries. Representatives shared lessons learnt, theories of change, methods for research implementation and the processes of monitoring and evaluation carried out in their respective research areas.

The AAPs discussed and presented issues in attempt to improve the methods used by individual MOPs in executing their research objectives. The meeting also provided the teams with an opportunity to collectively evaluate their various projects, learn from each other and collaborate on future projects.

Speaking on the last day of the meeting, a representative of KEMRI Noni Mumba noted that the presentations and discussions revealed similarities of research work but there were some differences in the ways of performing some duties.

“We are in Africa and are from low income communities therefore we have similarities in the type of population that we serve but how we do our work is different. The meeting provided the teams with an opportunity to learn from each other and make improvements where necessary,” said Mumba.

The meeting not only provided the teams with a chance to interact, but it also gave them an opportunity to experience and appreciate firsthand the interventions and engagements made by MLW in communities of interest. This was done on the last day of the meeting, when the teams went for a site visit in Chiradzulu district.