AOCID course in Malawi

18. May 2017

Health care professionals attend joint AO Alliance and AO Foundation clinical research course in Malawi.

Attendees listening to a lecture during the course.

​On March 20-21, 2017, health care professionals from all regions of Malawi gathered in Blantyre for the country’s first course on good clinical practice and the principles of conducting research, organized by the AO Alliance and AO Clinical Investigation and Documentation (AOCID).

The response to the course’s announcement was tremendous, and applications far exceeded capacity. The first of its kind in Malawi, the course was designed for registrars, junior consultants and resident doctors undertaking specialist training. The 34 clinicians who participated hailed from diverse clinical specialties, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, pharmacology, and more.

Group photo with all the participants and lecturers.

Dr Alexander Joeris and Ivo Schauwecker, members of the AOCID faculty, led lectures and participatory workshops on the important concepts of the planning, methodology and conducting of clinical research.

The training was a great success and elicited positive responses from the participants, who identified that it helped build their confidence to conduct clinical research as they now possess the necessary skills. Feedback received from the participants on areas for improvement, such as extending the duration of future courses, is already being integrated into the development of upcoming training. The next AOCID clinical research course in conjunction with the AO Alliance will take place in September 2017 in Myanmar.

“With specialist training in the country being mainly clinically oriented, and thus with the absence of courses on proper research methodology, the AO Alliance and AO Foundation are set to fill an important role and close a significant gap in Malawi’s clinical research sector,” said Dr Linda Chokotho* of the AO Alliance Malawi Country Initiative.

*Dr Linda Chokotho is an orthopedic surgeon and the Director of Research at Beit Cure International Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi.


Icon Ivo Schauwecker making a presentation.
Icon Dr Alexander Joeris delivering a lecture.