First call for abstract submission

First call for abstract submission

The Kamuzu University of Health Sciences is excited to announce the upcoming 3rd KUHeS Research Dissemination Conference (RDC) from Wednesday, 2nd October to Friday, 4th October 2024, hosted at the Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre, Malawi. The conference serves as a nexus for local and international research scientists, public health practitioners, and policy-makers to converge, exchange knowledge, and forge collaborative pathways towards advancing health research and innovation. This year’s theme, “Research and Innovation Driving Health Towards #MW2063,” underscores the pivotal role of research in steering Malawi’s health trajectory towards the aspirations of Vision 2063.

Here is the First Call for Abstract Submission which is now open until Wednesday, 17th July 2024. Please visit the RDC website at for submission guidelines and registration details. Let’s join hands in catalyzing positive change and shaping the future of health in Malawi!

2022 KUHeS Research Dissemination Conference

2022 KUHeS Research Dissemination Conference

Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS) will from Thursday 24th November 2022 to Friday,25th November 2022 host a Research Dissemination Conference (RDC). The Kamuzu University of Health Sciences was opened in 2021 as a University of Health and Allied Sciences. This University was established by merging Kamuzu College of Nursing (est. 1965) and College of Medicine (est. 1991).  The Research Dissemination conference will be held at KUHeS main campus in Blantyre, Malawi. The conference is the premier gathering of local and international research scientists, public health practitioners and policy-makers.

This year’s conference is unique because it is KUHeS first ever Research Dissemination conference as a new University since the merger between College of Medicine and Kamuzu College of Nursing. The last conference was in 2020 and was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every year, the conference happens under a theme and these themes are mostly health related. Speeches and presentations that are made at the conferences therefore circulate around the theme. The theme this year is Excellence for life: through multidisciplinary research and innovations.

The Research Dissemination Conference provides researchers and professionals a platform for disseminating their findings, exchanging contemporary knowledge and building partnerships and collaborations. As it has been year after year, the two- day conference has researchers sharing findings from research studies on health with a view to keeping the public, researchers and policy makers informed of current research activities relevant to human health in the country. Among other activities at the two-day conference, researchers will share research findings through oral and poster presentations, speeches from keynote speakers, and on the second day there will be awards given to outstanding presenters after presentations.

During this conference, participants will discuss and reflect on improving quality of health through multidisciplinary research and innovations in Malawi. The following are the thematic areas of research that the participants will focus on:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Mental Health
  3. Infectious diseases
  4. Clinical Management
  5. Environmental Health
  6. Social Science in Health
  7. Health Systems and Policy
  8. Non-communicable diseases
  9. Epidemiology and Public Health
  10. Sexual and Reproductive Health
  11. Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health

The conference is expected to have local and international delegates. Guest of honor at the conference and keynote speakers are yet to be announced. This year, organizers of the event are expecting over 800 participants.

Submission of abstracts and registration to attend or present at the conference is being done online, through:

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and successful investigators will be informed by Friday, 21st October 2022. The closing

date for registration and payment is Thursday, 3rd November 2022.

Applicants will be required to pay registration fees as follows;

1. Undergraduate students: MK25,000

2. Postgraduate students: MK30,000

3. KUHeS faculty members and affiliates staff: MK45,000

4. Other local delegates: MK75,000

5. International delegates: $150

Limited conference grants will be offered to students that submit high quality abstracts. Students will be required to fill appropriate conference grant application forms online.

KUHeS missions is to provide high quality student-centred and innovative health education informed by research that responds to policy, societal health and development. This mission supports the conducting of research relevant to Malawi and the rest of the world. This mission has been carried on before the University’s inception as the College of Medicine has been conducting Research Dissemination Conferences since 1997. KUHeS has a research unit called The Research Support Centre which was established in 2006. The Research Support Centre’s sole purpose is to promote research by providing comprehensive research support and grants management services to KUHeS faculty members, students and research affiliates. Since it’s opening, the Research Support Centre, with help from the then College of Medicine now KUHeS and several sponsors, has been facilitating Research Dissemination Conferences Since the year 1997.

The following are the themes for the past Research Dissemination Conferences since 2000:

2020: A Multidisciplinary Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (Virtual)

2019: Addressing sustainable development goals through multidisciplinary research

2018: Health Research for Preventing Illness and Improved Health Services in Malawi

2017: Driving the next decade of research in Malawi: Achieving health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

2016: College of Medicine Research Excellence Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

2015: Addressing the double threat of non-communicable and communicable diseases in Malawi

2014: Reduction of disease burden in Malawi: Evidence-Based public health approach.

2013: Towards 2015 ‘Success and Challenges of Health and HIV & AIDS Research in the Context of Millennium Goals’.

2012: Promoting Research for a healthy

2011: Promoting Demand driven research in Malawi

2010: Implementing Research into Policy

2009: Research Capacity Building in Malawi

2008: Good Research Practice

2007: From Research to Treatment: Improving the care of patients with HIV

2006: A Decade of Research Dissemination in Malawi

2005: Research addressing poverty-related diseases in Malawi

2004: Translating Research into Health Policy in Malawi

2003: Promoting Health Research and Ethics in Malawi

2002: Encouraging Health Research in Malawi

2001: College of Medicine and Research in the first 10 years

2000: Health Research and Policy in Malawi

KUHeS is calling upon researchers and the general public to register to attend the conferences as they are educative, informative and eye opening in regards to the different research and innovation happening in Malawi. For more about the conference, contact