Scottish Emergency Medicine – Malawi Project

Year established 2010
Sectors NHS
Country Malawi

Overall goals

In 2010 the NHS Tayside leaders of this project developed with Scottish Gov International development funding the first dedicated Adult and Emergency centre at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre Malawi.
The Scottish team working with Malawi colleagues developed a fit for purpose unit with emphasis on developing service and training. Despite in country severe resource limitations this unit has made a considerable impact on delivering improved sustainable Emergency care for the population it serves. At the request of the Ministry of Health in Malawi The NHS Tayside team have successfully received further Scottish Government funding for an ambitious development of 3 further Emergency and Trauma units at the remaining Central Hospitals in Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba delivering by 2023 a National trauma network for Malawi

Key UK Colleagues and Partners

Scottish Government International Development
NHS Tayside Lead team
Emergency Dept Ninewells Hospital and Medical School
NHS Scotland staff and colleagues volunteering to support project
Scotland Malawi Partnership

International Partners

Ministry of Health Malawi
Hospital director and lead Clinician / Matron Kamuzu Central Hospital Lilongwe
Hospital director and lead Clinician / Matron Zomba Central Hospital
Hospital director and lead Clinician / Matron Mzuzu Central Hospital

Sustainable development goals

  • SDG 3 - Good health and well-being

Funding source

major funding from Scottish Government International Development
NHS Tayside Lead Team fund raising

Project origin

Project Leader initially invited by Malawi clinical staff to help develop first unit
on the success of the first established centre the NHS Tayside lead team invited by Ministry of Health in Malawi to further develop Emergency and Trauma care nationally

Evidence of need

Initially complete lack of Adult Emergency care in Country After first unit the clear benefit in 1 centre needs replication across country in all Central Hospitals

Project areas

Service development
medical education
training staff / mentoring staff

Project activities

successful development first unit
introductory visits to all other centres


develop sustainable high quality emergency care on 4 sites across Malawi

Next steps

develop in partnership the other ETCs and allow key staff from each to observe established emergency care in Scotland



Mitigating challenges


Partnership principles

  • strategic
  • harmonised
  • effective
  • respectful
  • organised
  • responsible
  • flexible

Project gains

  • leadership
  • teamwork
  • clinical
  • awareness
  • academic
  • patient
  • resilience
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