MLW Paves the Way for Core Grant Renewal with Strategic Planning
Kicking off the new year with vigor, Malawi Liverpool Wellcome (MLW) research programme orchestrated a comprehensive science strategy planning meeting on January 29th and 30th 2024.
The primary focus of this pivotal gathering was to meticulously map out a trajectory for the renewal of the core grant—a linchpin funding source vital for driving MLW’s impactful research endeavors forward.
The event drew together a diverse array of partners with MLW, including representatives from the esteemed Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), the University of Liverpool, and collaborative partners from the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KuHES).
Setting the stage for deliberations, the Director of the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome research Programme, Professor Henry Mwandumba, took stock of MLW’s current strengths and areas for growth. Encouraging active participation, attendees were urged to propose areas for potential refinement or elimination, while also identifying priority areas deserving enhanced attention.
. Discussions also revolved around the strategic allocation of resources to amplify impact, with a keen eye towards translating research outcomes into tangible enhancements in health research delivery and community well-being.
Professor Giancarlo Biagini, representing LSTM, delivered an overview of the research strategy, showcasing a notable 25% increase in the research base. Emphasizing the importance of embracing cutting-edge technologies, Biagini underscored the pivotal role of artificial intelligence (AI) in driving research advancements. “As AI continues to evolve globally, its integration into our research undertakings holds tremendous potential for maximizing our output,” remarked Biagini.
Dr. Angella Chimwaza, Acting Director of Kamuzu College of Health Sciences, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the deliberations. Acknowledging the potential benefits for her institution, Chimwaza highlighted the value of implementing strategies poised to yield impactful outcomes. Recognizing the developmental stage of KuHES, Chimwaza affirmed the meeting’s significance in nurturing its growth trajectory.
Similary, Prof Neil French, professor of Infectious Diseases and Global Health from university of Liverpool stated that MLW is very important to the university of Liverpool as it helps it to connect to several research. French further outlined the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Research and Impact Strategy from 2023 to 2026.
The event also set spaces for the attendee to engage in dynamic group discussions to facilitate the exchange of ideas and the refinement of existing concepts reinforcing MLW’s commitment to driving research excellence.