Lungwena is situated some 25 km north-east of Mangochi, and holds a Health Centre for the local community. Two nurses, clinical officers and a few other staff work at Lungwena with basic health care (vårdcentral) and there is also a delivery room that takes approximately 6 births per day.
The College of Medicine (COM) of the University of Malawi started in 1991. It is a five-year long MBBS programme, based on an integrated curriculum. During the 4th and 5th year, students carry out rotations in different departments, at different lenghts. The rotations are spent at the hospitals in Blantyre, Lilongwe and also at the District Hospital in Mangochi.
Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) is the largest hospital in Blantyre (900 beds) and the main referral hospital for the southern region of Malawi. There is a quite newly built and well-stocked library on campus, where there are computer rooms and study areas. Seeking help for illness is free of charge for patients that come to QECH and they also receive free medicine if it is available at the hospital’s pharmacy.
Before travelling to Malawi, make sure that you have your Yellow Fever Vaccination card with you. It will be requested upon arrival at the immigrations at the airport. You should also remember to bring malaria prophylaxis. As of 1 October 2015, a visa is required before entering the country. You can apply for a visa in advance at an Embassy or High Commission to Malawi, but it is also possible to apply for the visa upon arrival, which we did (cost U$75 for Swedish residents). A taxi from the airport to the city centre will cost you around U$25 (local currency Malawian kwacha 15 000).
The hot season in Malawi is just about to end, being followed by the rainy season. The rainy season normally lasts from November to March, with heavy rains and daily temperatures with an average of +24C. Some twenty minutes after landing, there were lightning and heavy thunders but so far the rain is absent and it is very humid here.