29 October 2016 Last updated at: 8:24 AM

Malawi yet to employ refugee doctor

Despite Malawi registering a shortage of doctors, the nation is yet to enjoy the services of a refugee doctor who completed her studies in China.

The medical doctor, Mirreille Twayigara, who completed her medicine studies at Shandong Province in China in July this year is yet to see Malawian patients as per her wish if given opportunity.

Twayigara who disclosed her passion in saving lives said she needs government to give her an internship opportunity for her to be accredited in the country.

Zomba Central Hospital

If employed, Mirreille Twayigara could help facilities as this one in Malawi.

“Wherever I am needed, I am willing to go. I want to work with people in the rural areas, I would love to work with refugees as I know what they go through. I want to give back to Malawi, because Malawi has given me so much,” said Twayigara who is a Malawian citizen.

She expressed gratitude to the government of Malawi for giving her many opportunities and the Catholic based organization,Jesuit Refugees Service (JRS), for sponsoring her education.

“I would not be here if it were not for JRS. JRS educated me and provided the foundation on which I could build,” she said.

Born in Rwanda,Twayigara left her country as a two year-old to seek peace in other African countries following a genocide. With hardships of being a refugee not sparing her, she eventually made it to Malawi aged eight.

“I would have died. Today I know that with symptoms such as a distended abdomen, thinning hair and being tired all the time, I had been suffering from either kwashiorkor or marasmus,” she said of the diseases she suffered on her journey from Rwanda to Malawi.

In Malawi, Twayigara entered the education system and years later managed to get Chinese scholarship after emerging as one of the best six perfomers in the Malawi School Certificate of Education exams.



55 Comments On "Malawi yet to employ refugee doctor"

  • Ur welcome doctor we Malawian’s we don’t hate sisters and brothers like u guyz….

  • can you find another word that can ably describe her rather than a “refugee doctor’ i find that as disrespecting wording.

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  • I want to marry so that she can get an automatic Malawian citizenship. U can thank me guys cz we can all now start enjoying the benefits.

  • M24 you could have put her picture if you really interviewed her. Dont post stories get from 2nd person

  • Ife sitingawalese apange

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  • That is good idea and i really support it

  • watch out. muzavotera obwera nkukhala president.

  • Ngati sanalembe apa COM

  • mulembeni mwanayo….

  • 2b graduated in china meaning 2 say she iz international doctor so way malawi 24.7 gospers called her a refugee?get crious pliz”

  • Borrow a leaf from developed countries like South Africa.
    Malawi can gain a lot of interectual property from these people.
    Go to Dzaleka camp, science teachers, carpenters, it specialists etc.
    USA and Europe they tap interectual properties and skills from these people instead of dumping them in the bush.
    Go to our townships, cheap and affordable shops are run by these people.

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  • she is no longer a refugee, she is a doctor without borders. Many Malawian doctors are working abroad no one calls them ,anthu osauka inu kapena kuti othawa njala kwawo.Olemba nkhani inu musamale pa kamwa panupo.

  • Opex Lungu says:

    Ndi Amalawi Angati Anapita Ku China, Ndipo Ndi Angati Akuonetsa Zitchito Zao Muno, Why Mentioning A Refuge Only, Have Given Her A Chance And She Failed? She Cant Work As A Voluntier To Please U, No!

  • Banda says:

    Her parents fled Rwanda when the girl was 2, arrived in Malawi when she was 8 as a refugee, likely after 7 years applied and received Malawi citizenship,

    Was top of her class likely a perfect score on her msec and received scholarship to study medicine in China,

    Now after completing her education she is seeking to be certified as a doctor but first must intern with other doctors at a hospital,

    Malawi has a shortage of doctors 1 for 65,000 people, meaning people are dying because of the lack of doctors,

    Stupid government interns earn less pay and work longer hours, certainly a position can be found,

    Wait government priority is to send residents to America on a chartered airplane for a sore shoulder then reward them with 140 million kwacha fleet of cars

    I pray that she finds a position in one of the private hospitals in Blantyre to receive her certificate, as other African countries are in desperate need,

    May this government learn that by educating and exporting their educated citizens it will benefit the country faster as the citizens will be sending forex back into the country to assist family and friends,

    Wake up Malawi do not waste the ability of an educated person

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  • yap that’s gd idea nafeso tilimbe ko ntchito anthu akuja nanga maiko a Kuja azingolemba ma garden boy ma house worker ma hosi boy ma security aku Malawi.nafeso tilembeko ma dotolo a Kuja lende kukakhana

  • eish she is now a Malawian

  • ZCH. Fumbi lake lomwelija adasiya kamuzu lija

  • Poor leadership.

  • Sometime don’t be stupid when choosing your news angles you #Malawi_24 reporters and editors. What’s wrong there?? What do u think the government should do unto her? Doesn’t she deserve being employed?.. Fuck off!!! She has strong practical knowledge than those who studied in this country. We have Malawians abroad who are on top positions than the bonafide citizens. For example, South African government spend money funding Chilemba in his boxing career. Tiyambe Zeleza fled the MCP government for USA where he is lecturing likewise Jack Mapanje in the UK. What if the people in these countries had such crippled kind of thinking towards them, would they find green pasture to support their lives? Tell your sisters to work harder to qualify for the scholarship in China so that they can be employed faster. Angry with ya

  • if u can,plzplz lero mupte en get ha fired bt if u can’t,jxt kp on postin nosense

  • What do you mean when you say refuge? Every one deserve better life, do you have any Idea of how many malawians are out of malawi working in other countries without evn thos qualifications? If you can’t make it let those who can, to do it.

  • Is she still a refugee?

  • Malawi ndi dziko lokhalo kumene kuli anthu ochepa nzelu, m’maiko ena sizingatheke munthu obwela kumutumiza dziko lakutali kukaphuzila xool

  • A refugee is also a human being and all refugees have rights to education and resultantly being employed!

  • palibe chachilendo, go2 Zambia UTH or chama zea iz DR KAMANZI amachita bwino kuposa eni nthaka

  • WALEMBE MA DOCTOR OBWELA NDALAMA ZOWALIPILA AZITENGA KUTI?? NDIPO ADZIGWILA NTCHITOYANJI POPEZA MU ZIPATALA MANKHWALA MULIBE?

  • Malawi government is failing to employ its own trained teachers what more with trained doctors, so disgusting.

  • GUY’S this is stupid mwina penapake anthu inu mitu yanu sigwira…. Sanamulembe ntchito imeneyo ndi nkhani how doctor’s out there sanapisidwe ntchito???? Be reasonable sometimes mukamayankhula

  • dont just look at her being of a refuge but put into consideration the fact that she went to china to study medicine on a malawi sponsorship ticket.the scholarship opportunity was meant for malawians who got a perfect score in their msce exams.so she can’t be repatriated this time because the govt has to benefit from her expertise learnt in china.but I don’t understand why the govt has to employ her only while many medical graduates are loitering in streets jobless

  • Xaxiiiii akalembedwe kwao…how special is she?

  • Come on guys, face the reality,.She completed her studies in china, therefore she stands a better chance, But who sent her to China? if not the Government itself, well the Government is Poorly Disorganised in such a way that it shouldnt have offered her a Scholarship, in most countries, Scholarships are offered to the Citizens, but if she qualifies to be a Citizen then Sorry guys get over it…..

  • Why should this government be concerned by a refugee when its failing to recognise its own and trained by itself

    • Symon Moyo says:

      So why did we send her to china in the first place.even if we dont employ her, our neighbors wil get her.itwlb a loss to us

    • Its the same.why do they send students to COM?she is better off because if she may decide to go to Rwanda she will have about 90% of being employed while our own here have 2%

    • Omega Bema says:

      Why are they training technicians while they known they will not employ them….this government has lost direction

  • Why can’t she go back home to Rwanda? I thought Rwanda is peaceful now and doing far much better than Malawi?

  • Tito Phiri says:

    Alibe nthawi imeneyo koma yogulira galimoto Peter tixaonana 2019

  • Ine zisandikhuze

  • Omega Bema says:

    Akalowa muma private hospitals Ku Malawi kulibe ndalama zolembela ma doctors koma zogukira magalimoto odula apa convoy

  • there are alot of unemployed qualified Drs in Malawi. Govt doesnt owe them a job