Development of an educational centre with the Peace Corps, United States

Peace Corps & PEPFAR

In May 2015, the department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology opened a new educational centre at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, the Gogo Chatinkha Family Education Center (GCFEC) funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The centre was established in collaboration between U.S. Peace Corps’ Global Health Services Partnership (GHSP), the University of Malawi, the College of Medicine and QECH. GCFEC will assist the department to provide continuous medical education for health professionals in maternity care referring to mother-to-child-transmission of HIV and supporting HIV positive pregnant women during their treatment at QECH. In addition to that, the centre will be used to improve training for students in the area of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Especially the area of HIV & AIDS prevention will be enhanced by essential health education information for mothers and their families and by a special education and prevention strategy in HIV for men. The project is led by Dr. Alisa Kachikis, an American doctor with the U.S. Peace Corps who has worked as a lecturer and physician at QECH for the past two years.

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Peace Corps: Malawi

Peace Corps Malawi: Facebook page