Highlights of MUBAS` involvement at the 2024 Association of Medical Councils of Africa (AMCOA) capacity-building workshop, Lilongwe

MUBAS actively participated in the distinguished Association of Medical Councils of Africa (AMCOA) capacity-building workshop hosted by the Malawi Medical Council. The event was held at Bingu International Conference Centre from the 18th to the 20th of March 2024. Embracing this year’s profound theme, “Utilisation of Digital Technology and Innovation in Strengthening Governance and Regulation in Healthcare”, the workshop provided a conducive platform for engaging discussions and insightful deliberations.

Representing MUBAS were esteemed members from WASHTED, who showcased a pavilion for the centre. Notable among the delegates was Associate Professor Save Kumwenda, the Head of the Environmental and Public Health Department and President of the Malawi Environmental Health Association. Reflecting on the significance of such collaborative endeavours, Professor Kumwenda expressed the crucial role of such workshops in facilitating the exchange of ideas, sharing of experiences, and strategic planning to address emerging health challenges. Particularly noteworthy was the emphasis on harnessing the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence which has assumed a central position in contemporary healthcare practice.

The event also provided a prime opportunity to spotlight WASHTED’s contributions to health-related research through its engaging pavilion. During a visit by the Honourable Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda Kandodo, MP, notable interest was expressed in a policy brief titled “Guardian Waiting Shelters in Malawi: An Essential yet Neglected Aspect of the Healthcare System.” Mr. Kondwani Luwe, representing WASHTED, articulated the necessity for a clear policy framework and operational plan concerning the management and functions of these vital healthcare-supporting structures. This notable interaction with the minister has paved the way for an upcoming interface with her on March 26th and 27th, 2024, where similar important issues will be discussed at a Learning Event. Anticipate forthcoming updates on this significant development.

The event saw a distinguished gathering of various stakeholders, including reputable universities, public and private healthcare providers, corporate entities, financial institutions, and non-governmental organisations, both local and international. The workshop was well organised and successfully fulfilled its intended objectives. Its impact on healthcare governance and regulation will be long-lasting.