More than twenty years ago, faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were invited by the Malawian government to help the country develop STI treatment protocols. UNC has been working in Malawi ever since.

In partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Health, the University established UNC Project−Malawi, a research, care and training program in the capital city of Lilongwe in 1999.

Like much of sub-Saharan Africa, Malawi faces significant health care-related challenges. Malawi has only 2 physicians per 100,000 people, and the average life expectancy is 39 years. There is a high burden of HIV, malaria, TB and other infectious diseases straining the country’s limited healthcare infrastructure.


The mission of UNC Project−Malawi is to identify innovative, culturally acceptable, and affordable methods to improve the health of the people of Malawi through research, health service strengthening, prevention, training, and clinical care.

Areas of Research , Training, and Clinical Care

  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • internal medicine
  • malaria and other infectious diseases
  • oncology
  • pathology
  • obstetrics and gynecology
  • surgery
  • burn prevention and treatment
  • pediatrics
  • radiology
  • occupational therapy
  • nutrition
  • environmental sciences
  • geography
  • rural development
  • radiology

Key Faculty

Irving Hoffman, U.S. Director

Francis Martinson, In-Country Director

Mina Hosseinipour, Clinical Director

Jennifer Tang, OB-GYN

Satish Gopal, Cancer

Anthony Charles, Burns/Trauma/Surgery