Call for Applications for Postgraduate Programmes at College of Medicine, University of Malawi

The University of Malawi established the Africa Center of Excellence in Public Health and Herbal Medicine (ACEPHEM) at the College of Medicine (CoM). ACEPHEM is funded by the Malawi Government with funding from the World Bank. The Center’s aim is to promote postgraduate education and training and research in the following areas: injuries, urban health, adolescent health and herbal medicine. As part of Component II of the Africa Centers of Excellence II Project, resources are now available to support high-flying in- coming masters African students with full tuition, approved research costs and a monthly stipend. Eligible applicants shall be females who:

  1. Obtained a first undergraduate degree of an average score not less than 65% in their final year of their studies;
  2. Have published at least one article in a scientific journal;
  3. Where journal publication is not available, should have presented an abstract or

    paper at an international conference or symposium;

  4. Must have obtained previous study grants or received academic honours;
  5. Meet all the academic and professional qualifications for admission into the

    University of Malawi-College of Medicine.

Fields of study
Applications are being sought to enter into any of the following programmes:

  1. MPhil- Public Health Sciences;
  2. Master of Science in Global Health Implementation.

Methods of Application

Eligible individuals can obtain more information on the fellowship and application forms from:
Prof Adamson S. Muula (

Due date: 30th March 2018

Call for Book Chapter Proposals: Addiction in Africa

A review of literature on addiction in Africa reveals that there is minimal scholarship on the
subject. For instance, currently there is apparently no comprehensive book on African
conceptions of addiction. In spite of this lack of academic reflection, reports on addiction in
Africa show that there is an increase in number of individuals addicted to drugs, alcohol,
gambling and the Internet. This book project is therefore set to fill this gap. This is an
interdisciplinary book calling on Philosophers, Linguists, Cultural Critiques, Public Health
Practitioners, Psychologists, Medical Doctors, Legal Practitioners and others to come
together and provide a perspective on this growing field of study.

Themes for the proposed book should include, but not limited to addressing the following
What is the African conception of addition?
How African folklores and songs reveal addiction?
What are the African terminologies for Addiction?
Is there an African Philosophy that can be used to explain addiction?
What is the received view of addiction in Africa?
Are young people more prone to addiction than older people?
What is the difference in gender on addiction?
How is addiction treated in Africa?
What is the prevalence of drug addiction in Africa?
What is the prevalence of alcohol addiction in Africa?
What is the prevalence of behavioural addiction in Africa?
What danger do technological addictions pose to Africa?
What is the prevalence of gambling addiction in Africa?
What are the differences and similarities between substance and behavioural addictions in
What are the moral and legal dimensions of addiction? Does addiction negate moral and
legal responsibility in African countries?

Submission of Abstracts
Interested contributors are encouraged to submit their chapter proposals to the editors of
this book, Dr Yamikani Ndasauka and Dr Grivas Kayange (Lecturer and Senior Lecturer:
Philosophy Department: Chancellor College: University of Malawi) at
or and copy to or

Important dates
25th February 2018 Dateline for submission of abstracts of not more than 300 words.
15th June 2018 Dateline for submission of chapters of not more than 6000
30th August 2018 Dateline for submission of revised chapters.

Proposed Publisher
Springer Publishers.

About the editors
Yamikani Ndasauka, PhD (Co-Editor) is a Philosopher with over 8 years of teaching and
research experience in philosophy, psychology and ethics. He has undertaken numerous
projects and published in a wide range of Psychology subjects such as addiction, cerebra
palsy and human cognition mainly employing quantitative methods. He has also developed
and psychometrically analyzed two measurement scales. Dr. Ndasauka has published in
international journals such as Frontiers in Psychology, Computers in Human Behavior,
Research in Developmental Disabilities and more recently in PlosOne. He holds a Doctorate
degree in Philosophy from the University of Science and Technology of China, a Master of
Research degree from the University of East Anglia, a Master of Arts degree from the
University of Leeds and a Bachelors degree from the University of Malawi; Chancellor
College. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Chancellor College in
the University of Malawi. Dr. Ndasauka conducts research in multiple disciplines and
employs different research techniques and methodologies.

Grivas Muchineripi Kayange, PhD (Co-Editor) Is a senior lecturer and holds a PhD in
Philosophy from the Gregorian Pontifical University, Rome, Italy (2007). His research
interests focus on the logical relation between Theories/Policies and Practice within the
context of natural science, ethics (expert in Virtue Ethics), politics and religion. Some of his
publications include: Applying Karl Popper’s Logical Concept of Verisimilitude to Scientific
Models (2008), Understanding the Semantics of Chewa Proverbs in the Light of Contemporary
Philosophy of Language (Journal of African Cultural Studies, 2014), Metaphorical
conceptualization of disabilities in Malawi (Manual of Disabilities, Kenya, 2017, Umunthu
ethical foundations of animal protection in Malawi (JH 2017).

Opportunity for African Early Career Researchers/storytelling methodology training and network


iBali is an exciting new academic network led by the Open University in the UK and funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. It brings together leading African and other global experts in storytelling approaches, youth, urban issues and education – all with a commitment to alternative, creative and collaborative ways of surfacing and valuing knowledge. iBali intends to showcase, develop, share and apply methodological approaches using storytelling to address challenging issues in urban education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. You can find out more about the network and its partners on our website ( and Twitter feed @iBaliNetwork.

In 2017-2018 iBali will host a funded programme of networking events and resources. These include a methodological development workshop in South Africa in March 2018, an interactive web-platform, mentoring support and a bid-writing workshop in Kenya in August 2018.

This is a call for expressions of interest for ECRs to attend the methodological development workshop in South Africa in March 2018. There are up to 10 funded places available (including travel, workshop attendance, accommodation and meals). The workshop will: focus on conceptualising, sharing and developing skills in storytelling methodologies; work with young people to test out and refine the methodologies; partner ECRs with experienced mentors and; pave the way for the development of collaborative research proposals.

We are looking for early career academics whose research focuses on issues of youth learning, education, schools, or urban challenges and opportunities in Africa (or, even better, a combination of these). If you have experience in participatory facilitation, using storytelling approaches in research or working creatively with young people we’d love to hear from you. If you don’t have specific experience in these areas but can demonstrate a commitment to the ideas, values and principles embedded in working and researching in this way, then please do apply.

If you would like to be considered for a place on the workshop, please send your CV (maximum 2 pages) and a letter outlining your interest in the workshop, your relevant experience and an indication of how you might use storytelling approaches in future research (maximum 2 pages) to by Friday 1st December.

Please note that as the purpose of the networking scheme is to support academics from, and institutions in, ODA-recipient countries, funding will only be available for applicants who are a national of an African country on this list and who can demonstrate (in their application) a commitment to developing an academic career in a country on this list. We have adopted a very broad definition of ‘early career researcher’, although applicants must have a Master’s degree as a minimum qualification. Please also note that if accepted, you must commit to being available Thursday 22nd – Thursday 29th March 2018 inclusive. If you have any questions about applying, please contact Dr Alison Buckler (network lead) on

Traditional and Complementary Medicine Workshop – College of Medicine, University of Malawi, October-November 2017

Traditional and Complementary Medicine Workshop

The College of Medicine through the African Centre of Excellence in Public Health and Herbal Medicine (ACEPHEM) is pleased to announce the introduction of the Certificate Course in Traditional and Complementary Medicines (TCM) for health professionals (HP) as follows:.

Dates: 30th October-10th, November 2017

Venue: College of Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi Campus, Blantyre

Facilitators: Experienced facilitators from College of Medicine, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Mzuzu University, Tubingen University (Germany), Pharmacy Medicines and Poisons Board, Malawi Bureau of Standards, National Herbarium and Botanical Gardens will share knowledge and experiences in TCM.

Workshop Coordinator: John Mponda, Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacognosy

Aim: The workshop is aimed at equipping the healthcare professionals with the knowledge and awareness of Traditional and Complementary Medicine.

Course objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:
1.Demonstrate an understanding the foundations of Traditional and Complementary Medicine (TCM).
2.Demonstrate an understanding of the World Health Organization Strategy and Declarations on TCM and other policy frameworks in WHO AFRO and SADC.
3.Apply knowledge of pharmaceutical botany in understanding the problem of adulteration
4.Demonstrate an understanding of the link between herbal medicine and Western medicine on the aspect of Drug discovery
5.Demonstrate an understanding on Malawi’s draft Regulations and Guidelines on Traditional and Complementary Medicine formulated to safe and quality herbal medicines.
6.Demonstrate an understanding of herbal medicine pharmacovigilance and reporting of herbal medicine adverse effects and events.
7.Demonstrate an understanding of various types of dosage form presentation, preparations and Good manufacturing practices.
8.Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of Good Agricultural and Collecting Practices and environmental factors on the quality of herbal medicine with a special focus on content of active ingredient.

Workshop Methodology

Mainly interactive consisting of lectures, question and answer and discussion. Certificate in Traditional and Complementary Medicine (TCM) will be provided for those who complete workshop. All power-point presentations will also be provided by email to participants on daily basis.

Who should apply: This course is recommended to all healthcare professionals especially those dealing with patient diagnosis, prescribing, medicine administration, palliative care and dispensing, and those doing or interested to pursue a career in herbal medicine research.

Workshop fee: USD100 per participant. Course fees cover course material, and tea. The ACEPHEM has limited scholarships to cover the workshop fees of participants. These will be awarded on merit and on first come first serve basis.

Application Deadline: Applications should be submitted to (with a copy to no later than 20 October 2017. Use the application form on the ACEPHEM website ( ask from the emails above.

Call for Applications: 2 x Post-Doctoral Fellowships at Witz

We are seeking to recruit two post-doctoral fellows to join the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp) – a research project at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), Wits University.

1 x Post-doctoral fellowship: Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp)
Involving a series of unique research and public engagement projects maHp aims to explore (and evaluate) ways to generate and communicate knowledge in order to improve responses to migration, health and wellbeing in the SADC region. Multiple disciplinary perspectives, mixed method approaches, and the involvement of various stakeholders – including migrants themselves – are central. Central areas of investigation link to issues of public health responses to migration; migration, labour and health; migration and health policy making; gender, health, sexuality and migration. Starting in February 2018 (negotiable), the successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary team of scholars exploring health and migration in southern Africa. With a home base in Johannesburg, post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to develop and participate in projects across the region.

1 x Post-doctoral fellowship: MoVE (method:visual:explore)
A key focus area within maHp is the development of visual and other involved methodologies to research the lived experiences of migrants in southern Africa. The MoVE project aims to integrate social action with research, and involves collaboration with migrant participants, existing social movements, qualified facilitators and trainers, and research students engaged in participatory research methods. This work includes the study and use of visual methods – including photography, narrative writing, participatory theatre, collage – and other visual and narrative approaches in the process of producing, analysing, and disseminating research data. These approaches to research facilitate story-telling and self-study, incorporating various auto ethnographic approaches. Central areas of investigation link to issues of social justice in relation to migration, with a specific focus on sexuality, gender, health, and policy. Starting in February 2018 (negotiable), the successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary team of scholars exploring knowledge production, research methodologies and ethics in relation to health and migration in southern Africa. With a home base in Johannesburg, post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to develop and participate in projects across the region.

Essential qualifications and experience: A PhD in a Migration & Displacement or an associated discipline; experience in developing and implementing health and migration research in southern Africa; competency in more than one regional language would be desirable. For the MoVE fellowship, experience in designing and implementing arts-based and/or visual methodologies in relation to migration and health in southern Africa is essential.

Timeframe: one year with possibility for renewal dependent on performance and availability of funding.

Remuneration: ZAR 220,000 per year, plus Wits medical aid and ZAR 10,000 research funding.

Application process: Please submit an application to Jo Vearey ( by Friday 13th October 2017.  Only short-listed applicants will be contacted and invited for interview in early November 2017.  Anticipated start-date:  1st February 2018 (negotiable).

Applications should include:

  • full CV
  • cover letter outlining your reasons for applying for the position
  • academic writing example
  • overview of experience working on migration and health in southern Africa
  • [for the MoVE fellowship] evidence of involvement in design and delivery of arts-based and/or visual research projects in southern Africa
  • details of two referees