In a country of 15 million, Malawi has fewer than 10 trained obstetrician-gynecologists. One of the best ways to improve safe delivery in the country is to build the trained health care workforce. The IGHID is dedicated to improving safe motherhood in Malawi.
UNC Global Women’s Health collaborates with the Malawi College of Medicine on a four-year OB-GYN residency program, the first in the country. The goal is to have a qualified OB-GYN consultant in every district hospital within 10 years.
Residents are trained at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe, one of the busiest maternity hospitals in the region. Partners in this effort include the U.S. CDC, the Norwegian government, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine, and private donors. The first class of four OB-GYN residents started in October 2013.