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Friday, November 15, 2013

Welcome to the Malawi Medical Journal!

Bioline would like to welcome the Malawi Medical Journal, the newest journal to be added to the Bioline repository! 

The Malawi Medical Journal (MMJ) was added to Bioline in October 2013. The journal is published by the College of Medicine, University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi. MMJ features research studies, policy analysis, case reports and literature reviews addressing the health care issues in Malawi and Africa and functions to provide a forum for academic debates among health researchers and professionals. The Bioline Team is working hard to add the MMJ's back issues to the website. Here are some highlights from the issues that have been added so far:

A review article in vol. 19 no. 1 by authors Kalua and Nyasulu highlights the role of modifying factors in health education programs. Health education in health programs is vital in empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills to promote good health. Modifying factors such as individual characteristics, time, skills and financial resources play a pivotal role in influencing desirable health behaviors. It is therefore necessary to understand the modifying factors of a target population in order to ensure a successful health education program. This article and others from this issue can be viewed here.

Professor E. Molyneux from the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine contributes an Editorial in vol. 19 no. 2. The Editorial highlights how Malawian medical school students receive a lack of political support. Molyneux raises important questions regarding the reasons why the medical students feel so unsupported and their overwhelming workloads. Molyneux questions whether it is possible to reduce the workload of interns. The articles in this issue can be found here.

In vol. 19 no. 3, Dr. G Malenga highlights the role of varying medical occupations. Malenga talks about the social, psychological and financial gains that the health sector can benefit from if grandmothers become consistent partners in Maternal and Child Health and/or Reproductive Health services in Malawi. This editorial recognizes the instrumental role grandmothers play in influencing decisions - such as those relating to health seeking behaviour within their extended families. This article and others from this issue can be accessed here.

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