The overall aim of Medic to Medic is to guarantee payment of tuition fees to trainee health workers who have academic potential, but are in financial need. With this consistency of income, students are able to focus on their studies until graduation. We aim to support trainee health workers throughout their education, so that they can perform to the best of their ability. We want to add to the absolute numbers of health workers in training, in order that there are more graduates in countries with critical shortages. We target those who are under represented in the health professions, such as women or those from rural areas.
After initially just supporting medical students we have gone on to support physiotherapists, pharmacists, nurse/midwives, clinical officers and mental health workers. We partner with five universities in Malawi, the College of Medicine, Kamuzu College of Nursing, Mzuzu University, St John of God College and Ekwendeni College of Health Sciences. We have over 120 graduates in our alumni community and between 50-60 students in training each year.
We have links with Global Health students studying at Dundee University. Through this collaboration we match medical students at Dundee with Medic to Medic medical students in Malawi. They communicate over WhatsApp and email and meet whilst on their medical electives in Malawi. During this collaboration, Dundee medical students assist us with fundraising.