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Clinical officers in Malawi

2008-06-17

Frangston Duwa from Malawi has made thousands of caesarean sections during his career. Despite the fact that he is not a doctor. His country, as well as most poor nations in the world, is suffering from brain drain. At the moment, the sub-Saharan countries alone are estimated to lack a million health workers. Malawi has a population of 13 million, but only 175 doctors. The situation is most severe for the women. Ten years ago, the maternal mortality rate in Malawi was the third highest in the world, only topped by Afghanistan and Liberia. In 2004, the numbers had doubled. The country needed a strong, decisive solution. Fast. Frangston Duwa and his colleagues are a part of this. They work as ”clinical officers”, a kind of speed-trained, amateur doctors. In contrast to the conventional doctors they stay in the country. Studies also show that their results are equal to those of fully trained physicians. Thanks to them, a deadly trend has been broken. Text by: Anna Roxvall

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