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Building Stronger Public Health Institutions and Systems (BIS) in Malawi

Under the BIS program, NIPH is continuing long-term collaboration with Malawi to contribute to building public health capacity with the Public Health Institute of Malawi.

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Market place in Malawi. Photo: Ragnhild Dybdahl, FHI

Under the BIS program, NIPH is continuing long-term collaboration with Malawi to contribute to building public health capacity with the Public Health Institute of Malawi.


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Aims of the BIS Collaboration in Malawi

Our collective aim through this collaboration, as identified in meetings with the leaders of PHIM,  is fourfold. Firstly, to provide organizational support as PHIM prepares for potential transition from the Ministry of Health into its own entity. Secondly, to  support capacity building in the future organization of the PHIM by supporting a new Malawian medical  specialty (Mmed) in public health.  In doing this, the BIS program will also fund 2-3 Masters students for the inaugural class. Thirdly, to explore the gaps in the surveillance and response chain, with a main emphasis on the integrated disease surveillance (IDSR). The BIS program will fund a PhD under this area to help with the gap identification. Finally, to provide biosecurity courses, in collaboration with PHIM, in response to the issues identified in the Joint External Evaluation in Malawi.

History of Collaboration in Malawi

Since 2008, NIPH has been engaged in a long-term collaboration with its Malawian counterpart, the Public Health Institute of Malawi (PHIM), and contributed to its establishment in 2012.  In particular, the PHIM and the NIPH has collaborated in developing core capacities in health security, such as surveillance of infectious diseases, and in supporting efforts to establish PHIM as a semi-autonomous statutory body, most notably under the Global Health Preparedness Programme.

NIPH Collaborative Team