Date: Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th March 2012
Venue: College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi
Organised by: The Department of Mental Health, College of Medicine, University of Malawi and the Scotland-Malawi Mental Health Education Project (SMMHEP)
Funded by: Scottish Government Malawi Development Fund grant
SMMHEP secures three years funding from Scottish Government.
Ben Wildblood, a medical student at UCL will be running the Bath half marathon to fund raise for SMMHEP on 7th March 2010. He's recently returned from Malawi on his undergraduate elective - inspired by his time with Rob Stewart at Zomba Mental Hospital, he wanted to do something to help the education of his peers at the College of Medicine and mental health education development in Malawi. Follow the link to support Ben in his good efforts.
On Saturday 27th of February 2010, a very successful open meeting was held at the College of Medicine, Blantyre to plan the formation of a Mental Health service users and carers society for Malawi.
The meeting was attended by over 30 users and carers, as well as representatives from College of Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, FEDOMA (Federation of Disability Organisations of Malawi) and SMMHEP (Scotland-Malawi Mental Health Education Project).
In July 2009, one of SMMHEP's volunteers, Robert Stewart, took part in the Mulanje Mountain Porter's Race to raise money to improve the environment on the wards at Zomba Mental Hospital. The Porter's Race is an annual race up Malawi's highest mountain, Mt Mulanje (25 km with about 1200m of ascent) run mainly by local porters and guides. Robert managed to get round in a creditable 5 hours, and thanks to the great generosity of sponsors, raised over £2000 (+ £500 gift aid).