Health and wellness in rural Malawi: a health development initiative
Evidence & Practice    

Health and wellness in rural Malawi: a health development initiative

Fintan Sheerin Lecturer in intellectual disability nursing at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
C Darius Stonebanks Professor at the School of Education, Bishops University, Sherbrooke QC
Karen Jeffery Nursing student at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Katie-Alanna Schouten Nursing student at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

A nurse-assisted, community-led health initiative, part of a Canadian-Irish project called ‘Transformative Praxis: Malawi’, has been developed with the aim of empowering community volunteers to become leaders in their community’s health. This paper traces the growth of this initiative over the past 3 years and explains some of the challenges that have been experienced. It explores how a grass-roots approach, linked to a community hospital, and working in close collaboration with other healthcare providers in the region, provide a platform for future health developments.

Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2016.e1158

Correspondence

sheerinf@tcd.ie

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 20 April 2016

Accepted: 16 May 2016

Published online: 20 October 2016