Paediatricians for Malawi

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Organisation: Witten/ Herdecke University (UW/H)
Partner country: Malawi
Partner organisation in partner country: Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS, formerly College of Medicine)



The lack of health workers contributes to the high child mortality rate in Malawi. However, the training of paediatricians is complex and expensive, so that there are few opportunities for trainees in the field of paediatrics. At the same time, prospective paediatricians in Germany are interested in completing further training in an African country.


The project ensures the training of Malawian paediatricians. A training period at a Malawian paediatric teaching hospital supplements the training of German paediatricians.


The training of seven Malawian paediatricians is financially secure. In addition, six German paediatric trainees complete a six-month training period in Malawi.

  • Selection of Malawian and German trainees
  • Malawian trainees go through the paediatric curricula at KUHeS and a South African partner university
  • German trainees participate in preparation courses at UW/H
  • Under the guidance of an academic supervisor and with a Malawian counterpart, German trainees contribute to patient care at the KUHeS’ children's hospital and student teaching.



In Malawi, paediatricians play a vital role in the education and training of child health professionals at all levels and are essential role models, advocates and educators. At the same time, they are indispensable in providing health care in central and district hospitals.

Special features:

So far, there is no structured approach for a specialist training section in a country with few resources (LMIC) to be recognised by a medical association in Germany. Therefore, the cooperation between UW/H, the Westphalia- Lippe Medical Association and KUHeS can serve as a model.

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