Dear friends and colleagues,
We are entering unprecedented times as the coronavirus logs in 10 new cases in Lilongwe alone. It has become imperative that in addition to hand washing, there are safety measures that the public can take to reduce the spread of new infections.
On 6 April 2020, the World Health Organisation published updated guidance maintaining that while masks could help limit the spread of the disease, but clarified they were insufficient on their own. In that vein, Malawi Medical Humanities Network is doing what they can to share information about the safe use of masks. We have provided a translation of an excellent guideline which can be distributed to tailors across the country to help them produce cost effective masks for the general population.
We are also supportive of other initiatives such as Masks 4 All Malawians (https://www.masks4allmalawi.org/) who are working tirelessly to ensure that every Malawian is provided with a mask.
Please click on the attached link here –> MASK – Chichewa
to download Chichewa language instructions on how to sew a mask using household fabrics or chitenje/batik wax cloth. Please share widely as we are hoping to reach as many people as possible. We are working on getting a guideline in Chitumbuka as quickly as possible.
Background The College of Medicine (CoM) has received grant funding from the United States Government through its National Institutes of Health (NIH); Grant Ref: 1 R25 TW 011455 – 01 to support capacity building, education and training of health professionals in Malawi.
The CoM will implement this grant through its Project CHEER. A position of one Post-doctoral fellowship exists within the institution.
The post is available for an initial period of two (2 years) with the possibility of renewal for further periods of two years. Post-doctoral Fellowships Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded to individuals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree to support individual and institutional academic (research, curriculum delivery and institutional change) goals.
The fellowship contributes to the institution’s overall mission to support its bioethics enterprise and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers the CoM’s mission in teaching and learning, research and community engagement.
1. Applications are invited from individuals who have a doctoral or equivalent terminal degree in Bioethics. Applications from those close to completing their doctorate or equivalent degree may also be considered; however, the fellowship cannot be offered until the degree is completed.
2. Current fellows within the CoM or elsewhere must have completed all requirements of their existing fellowship, including submission of the final report, before an application for a new fellowship can be accepted.
3. If a postdoctoral fellowship is awarded, the applicant must agree to comply with the University of Malawi’s Postdoctoral Policy. The Policy can be obtained from the University’s websites or requested via email from: email@example.com;
1. Submit applications preferably via email an application letter, motivation statement (one –page), a resume and copies of academic professional qualifications;
2. Submit application dossier to: The Academic Registrar Attention: CHEER-HEPI Bioethics Postdoctoral Fellowship College of Medicine Private Bag 360, Chichiri, Blantyre
3, Malawi Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: 2nd April 2020
Call for Papers: 2nd International Medical Humanities Conference 2019: The Body: In Parts or as Whole
Dates: 31 July – 1 August 2019
Location: Library Auditorium, College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi
The College of Medicine, University of Malawi, is proud to host the 2nd Wellcome Trust & University of Edinburgh-funded International Medical Humanities Conference. This year’s theme brings forward conversations about various discourses and modes of representing the body: in parts or as a whole, as an individual or within community or as part of the environment. High profile issues such as the sale and trafficking of parts of persons with albinism, genetic testing of intersex athletes, migration of bodies across borders, reveal charged and emotive positions about autonomy, continuity and connectivity across Africa. This event calls upon artists, researchers, and communities in African studies to discuss the production of knowledge about and regulation of the body. How do we represent the life cycle of the body and its experiences from birth until death?
We seek to engage participants from creative, social, research, clinical and artistic domains to explore the transdisciplinary space between the health sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities. This conference will also serve as a starting point to build a medical humanities platform in Malawi from the ground up. The conference will engage local and regional narratives, continental ideas and practices, and voices from the diaspora. The final day is reserved for networking, proposal generation and an Open Space forum to draw concrete plans for future directions for medical humanities scholarship within the College of Medicine, across Africa and with global partners. Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to,
- Disability studies
- Gender & sexuality
- Mental health
- Migration and migrant health
- Bioethics and law
- Poverty and economic disparities
- Methodology, Theory & Practice
- Indigenous knowledge systems
- Decolonising medical curricula, spaces & practices
- Race/Racism and Ethnicity
- Climate Change & Environment
This conference offers a unique, atypical format to include abstracts for a 20-minute paper, 10-minute provocation or a 6-minute PechaKucha presentation. PechaKucha is a storytelling format, where a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds of commentary each (6 minutes and 40 seconds total). We also invite ideas for roundtables, forums, short film viewings, exhibition and art installations, visual field notes, music, poetry, theatre, dance and storytelling. Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, 5 keywords, and short biographical note to the conference organisers by no later than Monday 17 June 2019 at email@example.com. Decisions will be made within 7 days of the deadline. Registration for the conference will open shortly afterwards.
We are delighted to offer a small number of bursaries to cover transport, accommodation and conference attendance costs. Priority will be given to economically disadvantaged presenters. A google form will be made available on the conference website and applicants will be asked to state the need for funding and why attending the conference will impact on their career.