The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States Government on Tuesday gave family health books worth over K1.3 million (about $5 200) to the College of Medicine (CoM).
Speaking at the presentation of the books at the college in Blantyre, CDC country director Sundeep Gupta said the donation will ease some of the challenges the health sector is facing.
CoM principal Dr. Ken Maleta thanked CDC for the books, saying the American government has been supporting the University of Malawi over the years.
â€œThe books are so scarce and relevant. There are about 250 different titles. Family health is important because it will make the students better doctors as it will help them understand issues of patients on the ground,â€ said Dr. Mwapatsa Mipando, the Collegeâ€™s dean of faculty.
Family health is currently offered at fourth year, but Mipando says the college is planning to offer the course at postgraduate level in two or more years.
CDC is a United States federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services.