What We Do

Training courses

We support healthcare training, in particular the ETAT programme. ETAT (Emergency Triage, Assessment and Treatment) is a training course developed by the World Health Organisation, designed to provide knowledge and skills in the emergency management of sick children.

In 2008 we helped run a major ‘training of trainers’ programme to build local capacity.

ETAT final report pdf

We continue to work with the College of Medicine and Malawi Ministry of Health to promote and seek funding for ETAT training.

We have developed a new partnership with the Malawi College of Health Sciences, supporting ETAT pre-service training of Clinical Officers and Medical Assistants; essential healthcare workers who provide the majority of medical care in Malawi. In 2011 we supported a ‘training of trainers’ programme for MCHS lecturers, In May 2012 ETAT was introduced to the student curriculum for the first time. To date, over 300 students have been trained in paediatric emergency care.

We believe all new healthcare workers should have the skills to save sick children. Our next step is to extend ETAT training to nursing students, and to students at Malamulo College of Health Sciences. We have been awarded a small grant by the Scottish Government to achieve this, aiming to train 900 nursing and clinical students in the next three years.

Essential Medical Supplies

We are happy to consider requests from hospitals in Malawi to fund essential medical equipment not available locally. We are grateful to the Children’s Ward at Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock who have donated surplus medical supplies to the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. We ensure that any donated goods are valued and needed locally.

Friends of Sick Children

In the past Children’s Medical Care Malawi helped collect UK donations for Friends of Sick Children, a well established Malawian registered charity which supports children’s services at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre. Friends of Sick Children employs extra nursing staff to care for sick children on the children’s wards, neonatal unit and HIV clinic in addition to purchasing essential equipment and drugs not available locally.

The good news is that Friends of Sick Children is now a registered charity in the UK. If you wish to find out more or support their excellent work at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital please go to their website: