The Health Information Systems Research Centre (HISRC) recently received Strategic Research Funding from University College Cork (UCC) to establish UCC’s first research and education centre in the developing world. This significant investment by UCC will contribute to improved health and social outcomes for communities in Malawi, Southern Africa by enhancing the quality of basic education and health. This forms part of UCC's long term strategic committment to global development.
The innovative initiative is being led by the Health Information Systems Research Centre (HISRC) in collaboration with the Centre for Global Development and the College of Medicine and Health at University College Cork. UCC's new research and education centre will be based in Mzuzu, Northern Malawi. This internationally unique centre will focus on primary healthcare issues with initial focus on maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS and conditions such as diarrhoea and malaria. The centre will work with a view to developing sustainable healthcare, education and IT/IS initiatives in collaboration with a number of partner organistions in Malawi such as Mzuzu University, and two local NGO's Ungweru and Luke International Norway.
Dr. John O'Donoghue and Dr. Rosarii Griffin conducted the first site visit to Mzuzu University in January 2013 to begin work on UCC's new research and education centre at Mzuni. Updates on the design and contruction of the building will be posted here periodically.