Mission Statement

Our Mission is to enhance our understanding of the human condition by exploring how the health sciences, illness and medicine intersect with the arts and humanities in Malawi

The Malawi Medical Humanities Network was officially formed in 2017. We work in partnership with the Art and Global Health Centre Africa, a Zomba-based NGO. We are supported by funding from the Wellcome Trust and the University of Edinburgh.

We work in partnership with the College of Medicine (University of Malawi) and the Art and Global Health Centre Africa, a Zomba-based NGO. We are supported by funding from the Wellcome Trust and the University of Edinburgh.

The Malawi Medical Humanities Network aspires to:

  • Create a sustainable network for researchers, NGOs, government and policy makers, health care practitioners, community and human rights activists, patients, carers, and creative arts practitioners (writers, performers, poets, visual artists)
  • Develop an interdisciplinary, global platform that shares and promotes work relating to the intersection between health and humanities within Malawi, beyond the boundaries of disciplines
  • Provide opportunities to further develop skills and subject matter expertise, organise teaching activities, share resources pertaining to medical humanities training and funding opportunities, facilitate strategic partnerships, create  meeting space for events, projects and collaborative endeavours and foster a robust community of like minded individuals and groups
  • Offer a public-facing online identity and platform for members who wish to share and showcase their work to the general public; artistic, academic or research orientated
  • Promote culturally sensitive and informed partnerships within arts and health care practices through the inclusion and expansion of shared values and customs. This includes encouraging diversity of thought, cultures and practices as a means to improve healthcare initiatives nationwide, and lead discourses on what it means to be healthy in an African context

Latest Posts

Inaugural Medical Humanities Conference, hosted by Chancellor College, University of Malawi

Conference under development, more details to follow… The Malawi Medical Humanities Network is pleased to announce a forthcoming inaugural conference tentatively titled “Medical Humanities in an African Context”, which will be hosted by Chancellor College, University of Malawi on 23-25 August 2017. Please check back with us for updates and a CFP in upcoming weeks.

POST – DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP in the Medical Humanities at WITS INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (WiSER) University of the Witwatersrand

Re-considering lung disease in South Africa : the politics of data and materiality in a century of mine silicosis. In the present, and through our modern history, lung disease has been one of the key sites of politics in modern South Africa. This political importance is reflected in the richness of the science, the archives […]

Chronic Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa

Chronic Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa, from the Institute for Advanced Studies, UCL

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