About the project

In a cooperation project with GIZ, funded by the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation (EKFS) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the GTP, supported by the Forum for International Health (www.foring.org), was very successfully involved in the further specialist training of paediatricians in Malawi from 2017 to 2019. The postgraduate programme at the College of Medicine in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe is supported by several international partners and also includes the training of so-called “clinical officers” for further education in paediatrics. The project consisted of the following components for the GTP:

  • Up to 6 teaching visits of German paediatricians per year in Malawi
  • Implementation of community-based teaching on site
  • Supervision of research projects leading to publications
  • Sending volunteer doctors, nurses and midwives to teach on site


Collaboration opportunities

For components 1, 2 and 4, GTP together with BMZ sought paediatric colleagues with teaching experience or work experience in resource-poor countries who were willing to teach in Malawi for a limited period of time (from 2 weeks duration) and thus support our programme as trainers or lecturers.

Further information on the project can be obtained either from the former programme manager in Germany Dr Carsten Krüger (email) or from the then project manager on site Dr Andreas Schultz (email).

Prerequisites for participation in module 1 and 2 were:
  • Specialist in paediatrics, preferably with additional qualification
  • Demonstrable experience of teaching in postgraduate programmes
  • Work experience or teaching experience in sub-Saharan Africa/low-resource setting
Prerequisites for participation in module 4 were:
  • Completed professional training in the aforementioned disciplines
  • Experience in teaching Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes
  • Intercultural competence and team spirit

All expenses related to the preparation and implementation of the teaching components in Germany and Malawi were covered, but a salary could not be paid. We thank the colleagues who helped us to accompany young, enthusiastic Malawian specialists in their training as well as to expand our further training programme in paediatrics for “Clinical Officers”.

Subspecialties in demand
  • Emergency medicine
  • Intensive care
  • Quality management
  • Neonatology
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Gastroenterology
  • Allergology
  • Pulmonology
  • Endokrinology
  • Nephrology
  • Paediatric neurology
  • Onkology and palliative care



Dr. Carsten Krüger (email) – Programme coordinator in Germany
Dr. Andreas Schultz (email) – Project coordinator on site