Malawi: Its History, Culture, Environment, Education, and Healthcare


Leslie B. Glickman, PT, Ph.D. (Editor)
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Baltimore, Maryland, US
Educational Consultant (US and Malawi)

Series: African Studies
BISAC: POL053000

Malawi is one of the smallest and economically the poorest countries in the world. Yet, its impact has given it the name: The “Warm Heart of Africa.” In this text, we briefly explore multiple facets of the Malawian people including who they are, their roots, characteristics, and some of their history, culture, environment, education, and healthcare. A landlocked country in the lower southeastern quadrant of Africa, Malawi evolved from British explorers and Scottish missionaries in the 19th century. Since 1994, it has had a democratic form of government.

This textbook covers diverse subjects important to the country’s history, culture, environment, education, and healthcare. From personal reflections to research studies, we read about the contributions of the US Peace Corps and Health Volunteers Overseas to Malawi’s infrastructure, the importance of maize production to the existence of the Malawian people, unique academic programming through US-Malawi partnerships at the College of Medicine and Chancellor Law College, a potential model to improve the continuum of care for people with stroke, and success stories for children with clubfeet and learning disabilities. Creativity and entrepreneurship have enabled drone use for the delivery of medical supplies and to “map” various undeveloped quadrants of Malawi.

As one of the first textbooks on Malawi, this one has the unique distinction of showing selected aspects of the country, some of its strengths, limitations, and challenges. Many of the articles were written by Malawian professionals, those working in Malawi, or with intimate knowledge of the country and their chosen topic. Many of the authors have had distinguished careers in academia with substantial research experience, and in the volunteer sector. Nova Science Publishers recognized the importance of Malawi to the African fabric and is on the forefront of sharing it with the rest of the world.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Malawi – The Warm Heart of Africa: A Reflection
(Leslie B. Glickman, PhD, Educational Consultant, Baltimore, MD, US)

Chapter 2. The Peace Corps in Malawi
(Brandalyn Bickner, Press Relations Specialist, Peace Corps, Washington, DC, US)

Chapter 3. Food Security for Rural Malawians: The Role of Policy and International Aid in the Face of Climate Change
(Charles Nyasa, Chikondi Chrispin Phiri and Frank Chidampamba, Faculty, University of Malawi, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi, and others)

Chapter 4. Maize: Malawi’s Number One Crop
(Peter Setimela, Christian Thierfelder, Kesbell Kaonga, Kai Sonder, Jill E. Cairns, Hugo De Groote and Amen Mandizvidza, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Harare, Zambia, and others)

Chapter 5. Inclusive, Equitable, Quality Education for Children with Disabilities: A Country Study of Malawi
(Mike McLinden, PhD, Paul Lynch, PhD, Jenipher Mbukwa Ngwira, Mika Mankhwazi and Anita Soni, PhD, University of Birmingham, UK, and Catholic University of Malawi)

Chapter 6. More Medical Graduates, Too Few Health Workers: The Ironic Case of Malawi
(Fanuel Meckson Bickton, Pre-MSc Research Intern, Lung Health Research Group, Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme, Chichiri, Blantyre, Malawi)

Chapter 7. An Environmental Justice Seminar for US and Malawi Students
(Rebecca W. Hall, Managing Director, Law and Health Care Program, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Baltimore, MD, US)

Chapter 8. Successful Treatment for Children with Clubfeet in Malawi
(Leslie B. Glickman, PhD, Educational Consultant, Baltimore, MD, US)

Chapter 9. Overwhelming Challenges to Community Reintegration: A Commentary
(Leslie B. Glickman, PhD, Educational Consultant, Baltimore, MD, US)

Chapter 10. Stroke Processes of Care in Malawi: Challenges and Potential Solutions
(George L. Chimatiro, PhD, and Leslie B. Glickman, PhD, Faculty, Medical Rehabilitation College, Blantyre, Malawi, and others)

Chapter 11. Health Volunteers Overseas in Malawi
(Beth MacNairn, Deputy Director, Health Volunteers Overseas, Washington, DC, US)

Chapter 12. Development of a Transitional Physiotherapy Curriculum in Malawi
(Leslie B. Glickman, PhD, Fanuel M. Bickton and Enock M. Chisati, Educational Consultant, Baltimore, MD, US, and others)

Chapter 13. The Dawn of Drone Technology in Malawi
(Patrick Ken Kalonde and Dumisani Kaliati, Pre-MSc Intern, Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi, and others)

Chapter 14. Uniting Global with Local Engagement: From Malawi to the US
(Leslie B. Glickman and George Chimatiro, Educational Consultant, Baltimore, Maryland, US, and others)

Chapter 15. Journey to the Top: An Inspiration
(George L. Chimatiro, PhD, Faculty, Medical Rehabilitation College, Blantyre, Malawi)


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