US volunteers sworn-in to teach at Malawi College of Medicine, KCN and Mzuzu University

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer on Tuesday presided over the swearing-in of nine Global Health Service (GHSP) Volunteers and also welcomed back two others who have extended their service for a second year.

US Ambassador swears in Global Health Service (GHSP) Volunteers

US Ambassador swears in Global Health Service (GHSP) Volunteers

GHS Volunteer being congratulated by PS Msosa as Amb. Palmer and Peace Corps Malawi Director Carol Spahn looks on

GHS Volunteer being congratulated by PS Msosa as Amb. Palmer and Peace Corps Malawi Director Carol Spahn looks on

The group, which comprise specialists in internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, family medicine, public health, adult medicine/surgery, and paediatrics will teach and provide clinical supervision at the College of Medicine, Kamuzu College of Nursing and Mzuzu University for the next one year.

In her remarks, Ambassador Palmer noted that there is a critical mandate in Malawi to increase the number of qualified health workers.

She observed that all who work to support Malawi’s health care system know and understand the immense challenge that the country faces to provide quality care despite a tremendous shortage of qualified health professionals.

“President Obama, in his recent remarks to the people of Africa, talked about ‘dignity – that basic idea that by virtue of our common humanity, no matter where we come from, or what we look like, we are all born equal, touched by the grace of God.’ Nowhere is the need for dignity more evident than in the health sector and I thank you all for the difficult work that you do on behalf of those who are in need,” she said.

GHSP is collaboration between the Peace Corps, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Seed Global Health, to implement a medical teaching and training project.

This public-private partnership places qualified American nurses and physicians as adjunct faculty in medical and nursing schools.

Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda all participate in the pilot program and were identified based on the critical need for qualified health care providers,, which is exacerbated by some of the highest global burden of disease according to the World Health Organization.

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10 thoughts on “US volunteers sworn-in to teach at Malawi College of Medicine, KCN and Mzuzu University”

  1. tozer tsono says:

    We appreciate all the volunteers we can get and the support they will provide to a weak country!

  2. choka phiri says:

    Where are specilist in Malawi hospitals? What I know is when a Malawian is sent abroad to get specilist they stay there and when they come they open their own after government paying them for school. Instead of giving back they go to serve Europe. These volonters are not in Malawi for good and are not paid by Malawi government. Why do u allow Chines to work in Malawi?

  3. Peter Muthanyula says:

    Spies. America should never be trusted

  4. Jelbin mk says:

    I don’t like hearing someone coming all the way from overseas to say is going to volunteer in my country where we already crying for unemployment and are having alot of young people graduating every year from our universities. If these so called volunteers are taking the young people’s places of employment then how are we going to deal with the issue of high unemployment rate? These people calling themselves volunteers are just tourist touring the world some of them are spies spying on government’s secrets and our governments in Africa are in deep slumber accepting anything a pink man brings forward. Am sorry am not convinced that Europeans are white in colour thus why I call them pink because that’s how they look not white as the world is deceived to believe. My suggestion to the government is that if they want to have experts of the same level of these so called volunteers it should send young people out there to continue with their studies up to the highest professionalism then we will help our nation to grow not this style of dancing.

  5. J phiri says:

    These people do not qualify to teach at our institutions please do not give them a chance maybe they should be assisting the our lectures. They do come here to get experience and decorate their cvs in USA they don’t even qualifie to be assistant lectures why do we glorify anything foreign? These are just flesh graduates no experience in life the we allow them to teach at medicine schools shame on us

  6. nzika says:

    muzithandizanso ma health learning area enawaso osamangoti college of med. knc mzuni okha kuliso achini malawi college of health science kulibeko ma specialist so mutabwera ma institution like these it will be helpful. just image LL campus most DCM teachers they have metal degree only bt still they teach medicine pomwe asali ma specialist amedicine. look it out

  7. Daud says:

    Thats good to hear

  8. chiya says:

    Bola zisakhale mbola ngati zomwe amatipatsa ku ma sec school zoti zimangowaula ana basi.

  9. Mnunkhaludzu says:

    This is a good support to our republic from USA. However, the one year assignment is not sufficient for these specialists to contribute to our skills building program. Please consider to extend to 2-5 year program so that a particular student cohorts learn more from them until they graduates. Consider assisting us as well in the secondary school education. We need to have a mix of teachers so that students can blend and tap knowledge and skills from foreign teachers. We had that opportunity in the Kamuzu days but now that has gone.

  10. Mwana wa Dororthy says:

    I love Palmer she smiles most of her life this is she is very happy to be in Africa

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