Scotland gives Malawi K285m to train psychiatrists


Malawi will get £300,000 (K285 million) from the Scottish Government to be used for training psychiatrists in the country.

Several students will undertake a four-year psychiatry course at Malawi’s College of Medicine and South Africa’s University of Cape Town. Upon finishing the course, the students will be practising in the country’s hospitals which currently have no psychiatrists.

Professor John Saka
Professor Saka: funding critical in developing mental healthcare service

Vice chancellor of the University of Malawi Professor John Saka has since hailed the sponsorship saying it will enable the country to develop a sustainable mental healthcare service.

“Scottish Government projects have already made a significant impact at the College of Medicine, helping to quadruple the number of medical graduates in Malawi, and this new funding will be critical in developing a sustainable mental healthcare service in our country,” said Saka.

On his part, Scotland’s International development minister Dr Alasdair Allan said the funding will help take forward the psychiatry profession in Malawi.

“This funding heralds a new chapter in our historic relationship with the college, the country’s only public medical school.

“At present, there are no Malawian psychiatrists practising in the country but this funding will provide psychiatry graduates to take forward the profession in the years to come and teach the next generation,” said Allan

The funding will be managed by the Scotland Malawi Mental Health Education Project (SMMHEP). SMMHEP is working to improve education and training of mental healthcare professionals in Malawi, with teaching support from Scotland’s University of Edinburgh.



  1. Kikikikikikoko ishiiiii… ndivomeleza nkhanza mwakamuzu zinalipo koma panalibe yemwe likamugwela vuto… koma iziii nde akufune apasidwenso chani alobino kapena

  2. kkkk…so minister of Health,will u nw gv job to these dudes u r going 2train else nawo will face entrepreneurship go ahead as Nurses…Let me see your mental status 4rm wat u r going 2do…

  3. Another Great Miracle that Proved that Almighty God is with Malawi,thank You Jesus and thank You Holy Spirit for Being There when we needed you most! I know Great things are on The Way To Malawi! God Bless Malawi!!!!

  4. We really need plenty of psychiatrists in this country. Maybe we can develop after our mental sickness has been diagonized.
    Azungu aku Scotland atidabwa nzeru zathu.

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