Committing to Children’s Health in Malawi

CommunicationsBlog, Malawi, Medicine

In Malawi, children represent the majority of the total population, with more than 45 percent of the country under the age of 14.

And in 2013 the country achieved Millenium Development Goal 4, reducing under-five death rates by two-thirds or more since 1990.

Still, 1 in every 16 Malawian children does not survive to meet their fifth birthday.

And with fewer than 1 physician for every 1,000 people continuing this reduction in child mortality and improving child health in the country is a persistent challenge. Because of the significant shortage of qualified physicians, including pediatricians, the youngest patients can’t get the care that they need.

But since 2013, Seed has been committed to reversing this trend. Seed volunteers work alongside local educators to share critical skills, train students in advanced practices, and teach at the bedside. Working at University of Malawi’s College of Medicine, Seed has supported nine volunteer placements to train the next generation of Pediatricians in Malawi.

In the first four years, these nine physicians have trained more than one thousand students. They have taught 29 courses and contributed close to 15,000 service hours.

Because of this partnership, faculty have reported feeling more inspired and encouraged. And students have described they feel more empowered and confident in their skills as pediatricians.

The country of Malawi has been able to achieve incredible success in improving child health outcomes. By strengthening medical education and supporting Pediatricians in the country, we can help Malawi progress towards improved health for all children.