International exchange / volunteering

The Scotland Malawi Mental Health Education Project

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Abstract / Description of output

Background: Mental health in Malawi has been perennially under recognized and mental health staff are often inadequately trained. [1] With just one psychiatrist and one psychiatric hospital, mental healthcare is hugely under resourced. International reports recom- mend the improvement in the amount and quality of training for mental health workers, the development of local human resources and the need to link with institutions in high income countries [2–4]. Aims: The Scotland Malawi Mental Health Education Project (SMMHEP) aims to support undergraduate and post graduate edu- cation in the College of Medicine, University of Malawi and to train UK psychiatrists in transcultural psychiatry methods.

Method: SMMHEP has been working for the past 6 years in Malawi to train medical and nursing staff and increase the local capacity for mental health care. Over 50 psychiatrists have travelled from Scotland during this time Nearly 300 medical students, 50 nursing students and 20 clinical officers have been trained by SMMHEP.

Results: Previous studies have shown that a UK undergraduate examination standard can be attained by these educational initiatives (5). Furthermore UK psychiatrists can benefit greatly from this training experience (6). A university department of mental health has been established in Malawi as well as the hosting of annual confer- ences and post graduate training.

Conclusions: Collaboration and exchange between low and high income countries can lead to positive educational and consequent healthcare impact for both.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Subtitle of host publication15th International Congress of ESCAP – European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 6-10 July 2013, Dublin, Ireland
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages1
EditionSupplement 2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2013
Event15th International Congress of ESCAP : European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 6 Jul 201310 Jul 2013


Conference15th International Congress of ESCAP

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Malawi
  • Mental Health training
  • International Volunteer


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