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.

Our primary objective is to promote the practice of medical humanities scholarship and support our membership base. 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

CFP: Medical Humanities and English Studies, Special Issue of Nordic Journal of English Studies (Abstract due 1 March 2020)

CFP: Medical Humanities and English Studies, Special Issue of Nordic Journal of English Studies Medical (or health) humanities engages with questions about medicine and health from a variety of perspectives including anthropology, literature, language, psychology, sociology and the arts. The perspectives of these disciplines are increasingly informing medical education, ethics and practice. In the Nordic […]

Life of Breath: Inspire/Expire’s website is live!

On behalf of the SEAMHH symposium team: Prof Nolwazi Mkhwanazi | Dr Carla Tsampiras | Charlotte Visagie We are opening the symposium today with a live panel from 13h00 to 14h30 (SAST). The panel is called Breathe and the speakers are Antonia Pont (Deakin University), Gcobani Qambela (University of Johannesburg), and Jess Auerbach (University of […]

Chronic Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa

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

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