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Lizzie Tchongwe-Divala Awarded a Wellcome Trust PhD Scholarship

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Lizzie TchongweWellcome Trust Masters Fellow with the Malaria group (Vector Biology) Lizzie Tchongwe- Divala has recently been awarded a PhD scholarship to study towards Integrative Infection Biology at University of Glasgow. This is a four year PhD funded by Wellcome Trust with a planned PhD plus year for further training after completing her PhD.


Tchongwe-Divala will be based in the University of Glasgow – College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences Graduate School. During the PhD, Tchongwe-Divala will be supervised by Prof Ferguson at the University of Glasgow in collaboration with Dr. Christopher Jones (MLW) and Professor Donnelly (LSTM). Her PhD project will focus on malaria and evolutionary biology.


“I am so excited and thankful to be offered this amazing and prestigious opportunity. It was such a competitive application process and I am so delighted to be one of the successful students starting on this programme. I am so grateful to the MLW Malaria team and my supervisors (Dr. Jones and Professor Donnelly) for the support during the application process.


“Through this opportunity I will be trained at one of the leading research centres globally and be able to bring expertise back home after the training through the existing collaborations between MLW and University of Glasgow. I will learn from world leading experts in malaria research through several laboratory rotations that are part of the PhD programme. I can’t wait to embark on this journey at the University of Glasgow this October,” said Tchongwe-Divala.


Congratulations, Lizzie!


MLW Donates Vehicle to Chikwawa DHO

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WhatsApp Image 2020 02 19 at 14.55.39MLW donated a vehicle to Chikwawa District Health Office (DHO) for emergency cases within the district. The vehicle donation was done after a meeting on 19 February with MLW representatives, headed by Head of Infrastructure and Communication Tamara Makawa, and the Chikwawa District Health Management Team (DHMT).

According to Field Sites Manager Chimwemwe Theu, the meeting with Chikwawa DHMT had several agenda items which included donation of the vehicle, discussions on the new building for MLW Chikwawa site and updates to the DHMT on current improvements of the Chikwawa site and DHO, particularly on the borehole powered electricity that provides water to the whole hospital.

“The meeting was a success, particularly on the vehicle donation. The DHMT appreciated the donation because this will address the burden of inadequate transport in case of emergencies in surrounding areas. The discussions on infrastructure are still in process and we will have to meet internally before we visit the DHMT again,” said Theu.


Maladrone Study Conducts Meeting in Kasungu

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Maladrone StudyThe Maladrone Study in collaboration with Science Communication Department organised a meeting on 17 January 2020 with Kasungu District Council’s office. The meeting was for approval and endorsement for the study to be carried out in the district. The meeting was also used as platform to consult and get input from the District Executive Committee (DEC) members to ensure smooth implementation of the study.

Speaking during the meeting Maladrone Study Pre-MSc intern Patrick Ken Kalonde explained that the meeting helped both MLW representatives and the DEC members to have shared understanding on using drones to identify mosquito breeding sites; and why the study was being conducted Kasungu district.

Kalonde further explained that the meeting was important to share the timeframe of the study, modalities for dissemination of results and for MLW representatives to know of related ongoing activities in the district, which the study may have to contribute to directly or indirectly.

Kasungu district Director of Planning and Development Annie Salama said the meeting was important because it provided the DEC members with accurate information to relay to other people in their respective institutions including communities in which they are working; which she said would help to avoid misconceptions, negative information and rumours spreading against the study.