I have very recently returned from 8 years working in MCH in a Malawi. (2008-2015) I was based at Bwaila District Hospital (Maternity) Lilongwe. This is the busiest maternity in Malawi assisting upwards of 17,500 births per year.
The roles I have undertaken have been manifold. I have been a bedside midwife, in- charge, clinical teacher to all cadres and a training facilitator. I have set up on-going in-service trainings and mentorship programs and supported their implementation and continuity. I have provided eduction on master trainer/ mentor level, training the trainers and monitoring and supervising quality continual professional development. I have mentored the ward in-charges in the clinical situation and provided resources to support their development. I have supported the clinical and administrative management and guided and encouraged systems and strategy development. I have introduced and coordinated leadership support systems to promote, educate, guide and create effective, enthusiastic and committed leaders.
I played a vital role in the building, setting up, opening and on going support of a new, uniquely designed, 250 bedded maternity unit.
I was an active member of the Reproductive Health Unit (RHU) Safe Motherhood Committee and was familiar and connected with colleagues in the MoH, Kamuzu College of Nursing, NMCM and NOMN. I am an advocate for the mother, babies and midwives of Malawi in all areas and on all levels.
I was/am also involved in community based programs on a voluntary level supporting a private midwife led maternity unit, infant feeding/ ECD centers and a program of community support for the families of orphans arising from maternal deaths.( in childbirth)
My work has been recognized not only in Malawi but with an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
I wish to continue supporting MCH in Malawi by offering my unique skills, knowledge and expertise in any capacity required either from Scotland or Short Term Expertise visits to Malawi