Article Text

Download PDFPDF
  1. Will Whiteley
  1. Specialist Registrar in Neurology, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, Crewe Road Edinburgh, EH4 2XU; E-mail: wwhitele{at}


Malawi is a small country of about 12 million people in Southern Africa. Formerly Nyasaland, it was ruled by Hastings Banda after independence from Britain in 1963 until a democratic government was finally elected in the mid 1990s. It is poor in natural resources, trading in tea, sugar and tobacco and relying on money from the IMF, World Bank and donor nations for much of its economy. This has left it one of the poorest countries in the world.

I have visited Malawi twice in the last two years to teach neurology to medical students at the University of Malawi’s College of Medicine in Blantyre. Neurologists have been visiting from the UK to teach since 2001 – Peter Newman, from Middlesbrough in England, taught at the College before me, and still works on epilepsy programmes in the country. As a visiting lecturer I have learned a lot – not just about conditions

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.