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

Symposium: Gender, Health, Environment and Wellbeing on Thursday, 8 February 2019

Hosted by WIDREM, Medicine College University of Malawi, Thursday 8 February, 2019 Venue: Library Auditorium Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm Cost: Free to attend WIDREM is delighted to be supporting the first Malawi Medical Humanities Network symposium on Gender, Health, Environment and Wellbeing at the University of Malawi’s College ofMedicine.The critical health and medical humanities […]

Funded Studentships: Indian pharmaceuticals, African markets and global health at U of Warwick and Wits

As part of the Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award ‘What’s at stake in the fake? Indian pharmaceuticals, African markets and global health,’ the Universities of Warwick and the Witwatersrand, respectively, seek to fill four fully-funded studentships and one Research Fellow position. More details about the positions can be found here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/research/projects/fake/opportunities/   and more details about […]

Chronic Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa

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

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