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Organization Contact Information

Name: Medical Laboratory Sciences Department, College of Medicine
Street 1: Mahatma Ghandi Road, Private Bag 360
Street 2: Chichiri
City: Blantyre
Post Code: 3
Country: Malawi
Phone: +2871 9111 65
Organization Email:
Web Site:
Other Online Presence:

Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr
First Name: Geoffrey
Last Name: Chipungu
Title: Head of Pathology and Medical Laboratory Sciences department
Phone: +265 (0) 993 670 111

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mr
First Name: Aaron
Last Name: Mdolo
Title: TB Lab manager
Phone: +265 (0) 999 981 472

General Information

Board Constituency: Technical agencies
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
If yes, please enter your registration number:
Organization Type - Primary: Academic / Research Institution
Organization Type - Secondary: None
Organization Description:
The College of Medicine is one of the constitutional colleges of the University of Malawi. It is the only institute that train medical doctors as well as pharmacists and medical laboratory sciences (MLS)to a Bachellor's degree level. Our Department runs the MLS honors degree programme.
We are also involved in a research and diagnostics TB laboratory. This is one of the 4 state of the art Tuberculosis Laboratories in Malawi that can do culture and Molecular susceptibility testing.
We support Interventional research as well as perform validation for novel (and affordable) diagnostic tools for tuberculosis.
Do you know about the UNHLM declaration:

Specializations / Areas of Work

Delivery of health services and care
Research and Development

Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 100 +
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 6 - 10
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 6 - 10
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 0
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Involvement in TB control provision
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Network with other partners
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
We are going to become the (Southern Malawi) regional reference laboratory and we also are involved with a prevalence trial that the national control program is setting up.
Our expertise is also called upon to sit on national planning committees for the control of Tuberculosis/

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: Malawi
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)


Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

Drug-Resistant TB:
Research to map out the burden of drug resistant TB in Malawi

Comparing different TB screening tools for patients newly diagnosed with HIV pre-ART

Laboratory Strengthening:
Training of Medical Laboratory Scientists

New Diagnostics:
Evaluation of new diagnostics.

Comparing Active case finding with passive case finding to see if the former can decrease TB incidence.


Declaration of interests:
We have no conflict of interests to declare.

Application date: March 10, 2010
Last updated: July 20, 2013