College of Medicine
We will both work as senior lecturers at the Queen Elisabeth Hospital. This is the only academic hospital in Malawi and the biggest referral hospital in the country’s southern region. We will work as medical specialists providing essential pediatric and mental healthcare. We will engage in sustainable developmental aid by teaching medical students and future Malawian specialists in Malawi’ s College of Medicine. Additionally, Wieger will join pediatric malnutrition research. By trying to unravel the pathophysiology behind malnutrition, he will contribute to bringing closer the 4th WHO millennium goal: reducing childhood mortality (link to the OPTIMISM trial document).
The College of Medicine (see http://www.medcol.mw) was established in 1991 as a constituent college within the University of Malawi (UNIMA) and is based in Blantyre in the southern region of Malawi. It is the only medical school in Malawi. The CoM has gradually grown from a program with of 10-15 students per year and a handful of Malawian faculty, to a program of 60 per year with 110 faculty members (approximately 67% Malawian). To date, the college has graduated over 250 medical doctors of which a substantial and growing number now practice in Malawi.