Digital Health Forum

31 Mar 2020

Health Forum (Zoom meeting) – COVID-19 in Malawi


Time:           3pm – 4.30 pm UK time/ 4pm – 5.30 pm Malawi time  
                    (note revised start and end time to earlier advertised)

Date:           Tuesday 31st March, 2020

Platform: This is an online meeting for which we will be using Zoom.  Those who book a place at the meeting will be sent the relevant web-link / phone numbers.   

CLICK HERE to book your place

We recognise that not all will be able to take part live online, so we will record the meeting and make this available on the website, in the ‘past events’ section.

About the meeting:

The SMP’s Health Forum brings together those in Scotland involved with Malawi health links to share insights, updates and lessons learned, and to explore joint-working.   All are welcome to join.

As a result of the Coronavirus, this will be a digital rather than face-to-face meeting.  After booking your place you will be able to access details on the different ways you can access the meeting either by web browser or phone.   With the link on your eventbrite ticket, simply click to take part on Zoom at the agreed time.  You can download the Zoom app if you wish but this is not required, you can just click the link and follow instructions at 3pm (UK time) / 4pm (Malawi time). You can take part either online or by telephone.  


This meeting will have two main agenda items:

1) University of Edinburgh Digital Surgical Training Programme.

We are delighted to have Professor James Garden CBE, Director of Edinburgh Surgery Online, sharing information about their project with Malawi.

The University of Edinburgh online masters programmes directly impacts SDG3 (Good Health and Well-being) and SDG4 (Quality Education) by providing surgeons with world-class training in surgical specialties. By using online learning as the mode of delivery, they are directly combating the brain drain of skilled surgeons from these regions, increasing the number of surgeons on the ground while also increasing their ability to treat effectively conditions needing surgical intervention. This is evidenced by their Malawi experience where the masters programmes have now supported more surgical trainees than there are currently qualified, independently practising, consultant general surgeons in the country.

2) COVID-19 Preparedness in Malawi:

At the time of writing, there are not yet any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Malawi but there is a significant risk as the virus spreads across the continent.  Malawi has taken serious steps to avoid an outbreak and there is considerable preparedness work underway. 


We are keen to have an open space for members, partners and key stakeholders to share information and discuss opportunities to support our partners in Malawi as they prepare for this risk. 

We hope to have a range of members, partners, friends in the Malawi diaspora community, and Malawi health-care professionals joining the meeting.  Please contact stuartb(at) if you would like to make a formal contribution to this section of the meeting, or if you could nominate a speaker engaged in this area.  We appreciate that healthcare practitioners are extremely busy at this time.