For Malawi to register remarkable improvement in the health delivery service, there is need for closer collaboration between local and international health research institutions to ensure that researches being done are of high quality, a development which can influence policy formulation.
The remarks were made by the Associate Director for the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust MLW Dr Wilson Mandala during the opening of the 2015 annual scientific meeting being held at Makokola Retreat in Mangochi.
The annual scientific meeting which Malawi is hosting for the fifth time brings together scientists from The Malawi Liverpool Welcome Trust Clinical Research Programme, College of Medicine and the Wellcome Trust Liverpool Glasgow Centre for Global Health Research in Liverpool and other international research institutions.
“This year’s meeting offers us an opportunity to look back at the research work that has been done in Malawi and plan for the future using insights from other international research institutions. Malawi as a nation stands to benefit a lot from these kinds of meetings”, said Mandala.
Mandala further said Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust which is an affiliate of the College of Medicine, continues to grow through collaborations “making our research projects more relevant not only to Malawi but to the whole region, therefore benefiting a wider public.”
Recently, Malawi was hailed by the Britain’s Development for International Development (DFID) for doing research of high quality, which is recognized on the international scene after meeting all international standards.
In his remarks the MLW Program Director Professor Stephen Gordon said the institution will strive to train and recruit more scientists because the medical profession in the country continues to face human resource challenges a development that has negatively affected the health delivery service.
The annual scientific meetings offer a great opportunity for scientists to showcase their work and promote scientific interaction at all levels.
This year as usual the program which will run from 13th to 16th September, 2015 is fully packed with fantastic activities such as plenary lectures, oral presentations, poster presentations and breakout sessions.