Information for Patients
Malawi’s healthcare services are provided by the public, private not for profit (PNFP), and private for profit (PFP) sectors. Healthcare services provided by the public sector are free of charge, and are categorized into three levels – primary, secondary, and tertiary. The primary care level includes health centers, which offer ambulatory and maternity services. Patients with more complex conditions and are in need of specialized care can seek help from the 4 tertiary hospitals in the country. The PNFP sector comprises of religious institutions, NGOs, statutory corporations and companies. Most of the services provided by this sector are free of charge. The PFP sector is small but growing. It includes various private hospitals and clinics. Traditional healers and birth attendants are also considered part of the PFP sector.
Information for Health Care Professionals
The Medical Council of Malawi is the sole body for registration of medical practitioners, paramedical and allied health workers in the country. For applicants who are trained outside Malawi, they have to present evidence that the qualification was recognized for registration in the country of issue. Foreign applicants are required to take residency in Malawi within six months once they are registered with the Council.
Doctors usually prefer training outside of Malawi in core specialties, including internal medicine, general surgery, paediatrics, and obstetrics & gynaecology. Malawi’s health workers are also motivated to emigrate, mostly to the UK, US and South Africa, due to the low remuneration, limited career opportunities, poor working conditions, political instability and so on. Yet, on the other hand, Malawi is also a popular destination for foreign medical students and volunteers. International doctors and nurses also come to support the training of local staff or to temporarily fill the shortage of staff.
Information for Travellers
Travellers planning their trip to Malawi are recommended to receive multiple vaccinations, including Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Cholera, Yellow Fever, Rabies and Routine Vaccinations. Travellers can easily communicate in English.
Link to Ministry of Health: https://www.health.gov.mw/