The EH department has been involved in the Vulnerability Assessment of Malawi’s Health Sector to Climate Change. This was supported by the WHO to the tune of 34,000 USD. Diseases (including Malaria, Malnutrition and diarrhoea) identified in the National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA Health) as climate sensitive have been used in this assessment.

The PBS department has been involved in laboratory analytical services for various clients.

 Previous consultancies include:

·         Adaptation to Climate Change; Self Assessment for Malawi - UNDP 2005.

·         Evaluation of School Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Pilot Project (SSHP) in Phalombe District (COMWASH/DFID) - 2006

·         EIA for Chapima Height Development Project in Blantyre by Press Properties - 2006

·         Quality Improvement of Glazing Putty by Plate Glass Industries - 2007

·         Optimisation of Production Protocol for instant Thobwa.

·         Intra and inter laboratory quality control e.g. Proficiency Testing Scheme, Analysis of potable water in Africa by SADC MET, PTB and Uganda National Bureau of Standards

Collaborations with Research Institutions/Links with other organizations

The Faculty benefits from link with:

  • University of Strathclyde (staff exchange, Awards for bright students, research on water and air quality) and the

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology together with Universities of Dar es Salaam, Makerere, Addis Ababa, and Eduardo Mondlane under the multilateral projects funded by NOMA and EnPe – NORAD.

Collaborations with Eawag in Switzerland

MOU between University of Malawi (The Polytechnic) and Eawag (Eidgenössische Anstalt für Wasserversorgung, Abwasserreinigung und Gewässerschutz) was drafted and agreed. Under the MOU, Eawag agreed funding support for the creation of a faculty position at University of Malawi for Elizabeth Tilley for three years. It was further agreed that Tilley should be seconded to the Department of Environmental Health considering her subject area. Tilleyl, among other duties, is required to:

  • Teach a maximum of 8 hours of lectures per week, e.g. sanitation planning and technologies, faecal sludge management, household water treatment.

  • Assist in the development of new modules and short courses within WASHTED.

  • Supervise a maximum of 6 Masters or PhD students per year.

  • Apart from teaching, Tilley is involved with research through WASHTED.

Through the collaboration, Eawag will be sending students to do research in Malawi at their cost while Polytechnic will also be sending students to Eawag for capacity building with the assistance from Eawag.

Collaborations with University of Sydney, Australia

Eawag (through E. Tilley), University of Sydney (through Dana Cordell) and Arizona State University (through David Iwaniec) organised a P-futures workshop in Blantyre through WASHTED whose aim was to solicit ideas for input into a joint research proposal for funding.

Collaborations with SHARE, London School of Hygiene &Tropical Medicine

 London School through Sanitation Hygiene Applied Research (SHARE) received funding to investigate the impact of WASH on food hygiene, vaccines, nutrition and early weaning foods. Milestones to date include the following:

  • Proposal was written and submitted to SHARE for funding (£500,000.00)

  • The Principal Investigator (PI) has been identified within WASHTED

  • The MOU has been drafted and circulated to lawyers for comments

  • Discussions are underway to recruit a Coordinator or a Fellow to coordinate the SHARE study.

Collaboration with Professional Bodies

The department of environmental health continued to be a member of the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) and Malawi Association of Environmental Health (MEHA). The Department was very pivotal in assisting MEHA to win a bid for Malawi to host the 13th IFEH World Congress for Environmental Health (WEHC) from 3 to 6 June, 2016 at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC).

 The Physics and Biochemical Sciences is a member of Association of Chemists and Chemical Engineers in Malawi (APCCEM) and the Laboratory Association of Malawi (LAM).