We have returned to Lilongwe from Blantyre for our last night in Malawi. It has been a quick 12 days. Our workshops have been delivered without a hitch and have been well received. Reflecting on our discussions with our Malawian colleagues it is somewhat surprising that despite the health care delivery being very different across here, mainly due to the poverty faced in this country, the issues around the education and training of students are very similar to our own. Lack of resources, particularly in the clinical areas, low staffing levels and attitudes of both students and staff being regularly discussed during the workshops. While the theory of mentorship is well understood and valued the challenge now is to ensure enough clinical staff are trained to take on board the role and values of mentoring. This will help to enhance the education and training of the new Community Midwifery Assistant students thereby improving the maternity and child care for women at a local level in their villages.
Although this has been a busy 12 days of workshops and travel from the North to the South we have found a little time for some R & R. Our colleague Rose very kindly invited us to her house for dinner during our stay in Blantyre. We enjoyed a lovely Malawian home cooked dinner with Rose, Ellen and Ann. On our journey North today we took the opportunity to visit Mozambique to buy some cabbages and tomatoes.
See you all on Monday, put the heating on please!