The Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust is this month celebrating 25 years of health research, with a call for youth involvement in research.
Among some of the success that MLW has achieved over the years is the introduction of the malaria vaccine, lota virus and the recent typhoid vaccine that has been introduced to curb some of the common diseases in the country.
During a press briefing on Monday to celebrate the silver jubilee under the theme “Research Driving Health” Associate Director for MLW professor Janelisa Musaya attributed the introduction of the self-testing kits as one of its achievements over the years as well as interaction with the media with the aim of communicating to the masses in a lay man’s language.
Musaya added that in order for the young generation to take part in science subjects and become great researchers they have introduced what they call science for all in various secondary schools in the country where they engage with students to become role models by having science clubs and teaching them basic things about science
On why MLW works with communities during their research, Mussaya said much as they conducted most of their research in hospitals the diseases affect people in the communities hence their interest to engage people living in these communities.
In his remarks as one of the partners for MLW over the years Vice Chancellor of the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHES) Professor Marc Malewa said this partnership has helped spearhead research of national importance and over the years.
According to Malewa one of the notable strides made with MLW is the treatment of malaria in children because of the research that was made between the two entities over the years. And with time the research went further to other diseases such as HIV, pneumonia, TB diarrhea and Covid 19 just to mention but a few.
The main aim of this partnership according to Malewa is to make sure that by 2063 Malawi becomes self-reliant in health research so that the country produces more competent researchers who will also put the country on a map.