Growing One Stop Centres Across Malawi

Dr. Beatrice Mwagomba, Chief of Non-Communicable Diseases for the Malawi Ministry of Health, has taken leadership for Malawi's plans to create 28 one stop centres for child abuse and domestic violence.

BRANCH's founder, Dr. Aaron Miller, was awarded a consultancy by UNICEF 2014-2016 to partner with the Malawi Ministry of Health and the College of Medicine to develop their capacity to grow Malawi's one stop centres.   

From 2014-2016, Dr. Miller:
- Facilitated the interagency collaboration in creating Malawi's National Guidelines for Provision of Services for Survivors of Physical and Sexual Violence (click here), which includes standard operating procedures, and a memorandum of understanding between partner agencies which was signed by the permanent secretaries for Malawi's Ministry of Health; Gender, Social Welfare, Children and Disability; Police and Judiciary.
- Co-developed and delivered a Training of Trainers to 24 medical, legal and social welfare leaders in the government.
- The Malawian Trainers have now trained 6 of 9 Malawi One Stop Centres, and they plan to train the remaining centres.
- Conducted site visits to the first 9 One Stop Centres to provide further mentoring.
- Spent extra time at the Blantyre One Stop Centre, performing medical evaluations of children along side Malawian clinicians in order to strengthen their expertise to become master trainers in Malawi.

Pictured above is the interview room at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital One Stop Centre in Blantyre, Malawi, which Dr. Miller did the training and consulting for in 2009 and 2010.  The centre started serving families in 2012 and had its ribbon cutting in 2013.  

Learn more and see photos of our most recent trip to Malawi in Our Blog.

And read about the work of our BRANCH Partner Dr. Dena Nazer in Amman, Jordan.