Partners strategise on ICQ establishment


Partners strategise on ICQ establishment

Partners in the health sector, including World Health Organisation (WHO), the Quality Management Department at Ministry of Health, UNICEF and Parent and Child Health Initiative (PACHI) have joined the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) to establish the International Centre of Quality Management, Research and Training (ICQ) at the university.
A meeting officials from QMD, WHO, UNICEF, PACHI and MUST held on February 20, 2019 at MUST campus agreed on several steps to be taken to ensure the ICQ is up and running.
Among others, the team agreed on finalising documents that will legitimise and render credibility to the Centre before approaching more partners.
They also agreed to engage a coordinator to put up foundation structures and systems for the Centre.
Among others, the ICQ will be working in conjunction with several stakeholders to promote quality in the delivery of health services.
However, its mandate will also expand to look at issues of quality management in academics and other disciplines.
Dr Fabian Ndenzako, who is WHO’s representative in Malawi led a team that comprised Harriet Chanza and Martin Dohlsten.
UNICEF was respresented by Tiyese Chimuna.
QMD was represented by its director, Dr Andrew Likaka and Dr Bongani Chikwapulo.
Dr Bejoy Nambiar and Charles Makwenda came from PACHI.
The MUST team was led by Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Jonathan Makuwira and comprised Executive Dean of Academy of Medical Sciences Professor Wilson Mandala and Head of the Industrial Centre (IRC) Associate Professor David Mkwambisi and Communications Manager James Mphande.
With a roadmap put in place, the team will meet again to share progress developments and map on the way forward again.
It was learnt through the meeting that quality is a big challenge in many sectors, including health and this realisation is what led to the establishment of ICQ.