Chifundo Zimba plans to use her UNC nursing degree to improve the profession in Malawi
By Nancy Lamontagne
Doctoral student Chifundo Zimba is the first nurse sponsored by the UNC Project-Malawi to attend the UNC School of Nursing. She wants to use her experience at the School of Nursing to advance nursing in her home country.
â€śAs the first PhD-trained nurse at the UNC Project, I hope to have collaborators at the School of Nursing who can assist me in establishing nursing research, which we donâ€™t have currently,â€ť she says.
â€śThe UNC Project is positively affecting Malawi not only by being a very big employer but also by being a large collaborator with our government,â€ť Zimba says. Some of the research conducted by the UNC Project has been translated into policies that are implemented by the Malawi government. The Project also provides support for HIV and STD prevention programs, some of which began as research and have since been adopted across the country.
For her dissertation, Zimba plans to conduct research related to prevention, management, and/or care of women in Malawi with HIV. â€śI am learning a lot of which I think I will translate to knowledge to assist my fellow Malawians,â€ť she says. She is also thinking about working with the University of Malawi to develop programs that will uplift the nursing profession in Malawi.
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