Mission Hospital under the CCAP located near Mount Mulanje and amongst the tea estates of south-east Malawi, about one hour by road from Blantyre. MMH provides public health and primary care services for a catchment area of about 80,000 people in 72 villages, and provides inpatient care for patients from Mulanje district and often from Mozambique.
The hospital offers all the services expected of a district hospital, but does not have an orthopaedic dept. It has a busy maternity unit, children’s, male and female wards and an isolation ward. There is currently one operating theatre but plans to extend and refurbish to provide two theatres in 2013. The hospital was the first mission hospital to be awarded a centre of excellence in infection prevention.
Outpatient clinics are busy every day, and include an ARV clinic with almost 5000 patients.
Obs and Gynae, paediatrics including neonates, public health. Very popular placement for elective students (nursing and medical) who should book well in advance – see website for application form. There is currently collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, which sends students to Mulanje
Visitors can be met at Chileka airport by arrangement with the hospital, but must contribute to the cost of fuel.
Available on site. See MMH website
Students are accepted provided they can stay for a minimum of six weeks, but three months is optimal for learning about the local and hospital culture and gaining confidence. Qualified health professionals are encouraged to consider attachments of six months or more.
A tourist visa is required for Malawi for UK visitors, but a temporary employment permit must be obtained for stays of more than three months. For more information, click on this link.
- Alison Curran reviewed 3 years ago
- last edited 3 years ago
I spent my six week elective at Mulanje Mission Hospital (MMH) as part of my fifth year of study at The University of Nottingham medical school and had a brilliant time. MMH is a 200 bed district hospital, that serves a population of 550, 000 from a fairly poor, rural area of Malawi. My timetable was arranged so that I could get experience in each of the specialities (paediatrics, maternity, general medical and surgical and community). I was able to tailor the timetable so that I spent more time in the areas I was particularly interested in.
A typical day at the hospital involved handover at 7.15am (where all the clinical officers, doctors and nurses meet to discuss new admissions), morning ward round, seeing new admissions in the afternoon and afternoon handover at 3.30pm. I spent most of my time shadowing Malawian Clinical Officers and doctors, and felt very well supported. I learned a lot about tropical medicine, particularly malaria which is very prevalent, and also got the opportunity to learn some new skills (eg pleural tap, ascitic drain, debridement of ulcers). I also saw many advanced clinical signs that I have never seen in the UK eg massive hepatosplenomegaly, paper white conjunctiva and lots of weird and wonderful X-rays!
I stayed at the guesthouse with two other medical students, situated just off the hospital grounds. The guest house is built for six people and is equipped with a kitchen where you can cook for yourself. It is relatively basic (bucket showers!) but nice. There is a local market just down the road, and a few larger shops in town (10 minute bicycle taxi ride away). To stock up on food and supplies, it is easy to catch a lift with someone from the hospital, into the bigger town Blantyre at the weekends.
Mulanje is a great location for elective, right next to Mulanje mountain which you can explore at the weekend. Malawi is a beautiful country and there’s lots to do, including Majete and Liwonde safari parks, Zomba plateau and Lake Malawi.
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