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Science Communication Trains Southern Region Journalists

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Kondwani Jambo JIROn 14th June 2018, the Science Communication Department conducted a one-day intensive training in Blantyre for Journalists-in-Residence members and other journalists interested in health research reporting.

The aim of the training was to increase journalists’ understanding of health research and science reporting.

As one way of increasing interaction between researchers and Journalists, the training included a topic called 'In the Research Lab' which was presented by head of Viral Immunology research group Dr Kondwani Jambo. At the end of the training, journalists suggested that we should include more research topics in our future training.

The training registered 20 journalists from different parts of the Southern Region of Malawi.

In the picture, Dr Kondwani Jambo takes journalists through his presentation - In the research Lab.



We will miss Nurse Labes Njiragoma

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Labes Njiragoma

Nurse Njiragoma served MLW for 20 years, making her one of the longest serving employees of the institution. The Clinical Team and management bade her farewell on 19 June 2018. In a short interview with Pauline Mlogeni (PM), Nurse Njiragoma (LN) had some remarks for all employees at MLW as follows:

PM: Please tell us your experiences at MLW.

LN: I have had a good working experience at MLW since joining MLW in October 1998. I consider it both a privilege and honour to have worked for MLW. Collectively, we have made MLW a great place to work. Visions have been created and goals are being achieved. The working environment is conducive for staff to pursue excellence in their careers and personal development, for example, there are trainings and learning programmes that provide a boost in team work, workers’ morale and skill sets.


PM: How do you feel about winning the Best Nurse Award for 2018 at the International Nurses Day?

LN: I was very happy to get this award. I never imagined of getting such a prestigious award and I am thankful to fellow nurses for nominating me. It was both a surprise and an honour to have received the award.

PM: What are your plans after retirement?

LN: What comes to me at this moment is to relax, relax and relax some more. Later, I will begin chicken rearing as a business.

PM: What can you advise MLW staff?

LN: They should be open and trustworthy. The world needs openness and good hearts. Have positive emotions, be receptive and creative. As human beings, we go through both hard and good times, we make mistakes, we get disappointed in many ways but if we believe in ourselves, success is likely to follow. Having passion is vital. If we can figure out our purposes in life, we will take the right directions to pursuing our dreams. Hard work from everyone cannot be more emphasised. We need it to achieve our goals.


Professor Corbett elected Fellow at Academy of Medical Sciences

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Corbett smallTB research group lead Professor Liz Corbett has been elected as a Fellow for Academy of Medical Sciences. In her remarks, Professor Corbett said she is delighted and honoured to have been elected to the Academy, which is welcome for the inherent recognition of the dedication, drive and output of her research team at MLW, in Malawi, and with collaborators in UK, Zimbabwe and  in Southern Africa.


" I have been based in London School, funded by the Wellcome Trust to live and work in Africa since 1996, with just one year in UK. My focus for the last 15 years has been on the development and evaluation of novel diagnostic intervention strategies for improving HIV and TB health outcomes and control at community-level. My field has been transformed by the Global Health Initiatives, to which the UK Government is a generous donor, and it has been my great pleasure to have been able to contribute to regional policy and practice," said Corbett.


Professor Liz Corbett is a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow and a Clinical Epidemiologist with LSHTM, based full time in Blantyre, Malawi. Her main research interests concern control of TB in HIV prevalent populations from the public health perspective, with a focus on the epidemiology at primary care and community level, and intervention trials. She works closely with the HIV and Global TB Departments of WHO and she is a member of the TB Strategic and Technical Advisory Group and several Working/Guideline Groups. She has ongoing research in active case-finding for TB, and randomised clinical trials evaluating HIV self-testing, new TB diagnostics and treatment for adolescent long-term survivors of mother-to-child transmission of HIV infection. She holds the Research Directorship of an implementation-research consortium funded by UNITAID to scale-up HIV self-testing in Southern Africa and provide evidence for WHO guideline development.