Training Colleges

CHAM training colleges educate up to 80% of Malawi’s health workforce.

Year after year, CHAM’s training colleges are reducing the practitioner- to-patient ratio in Malawi. The CHAM Secretariat’s training office is responsible for coordination of these training colleges, providing technical assistance and guidance. CHAM currently operates 12 training colleges:

Recent years have seen improvements in pre-service training outcomes: The training output of the colleges has increased, and since 2011, graduation rates have increased three-fold. ​4,110 students and 163 training staff were registered at the colleges in 2015. 1,093 new students were admitted in 2015 in the following programs: Nurse Midwife Technician (NMT) (863 admitees); Clinical Officer (108 admitees); Laboratory Technician; (70); Public Health Officers (30). CHAM training institutions graduated a class of 849 healthcare workers in 2015 in the following programs: NMT (551), Clinical Officer (105), CommunityMidwifery Assistant (91), Medical Assistants (54), Laboratory Technician (38).

CHAM training colleges prepare their students for success. Last year, CHAM training college students achieved a 97% pass rate in NMT licensure examinations (our biggest group of graduates). This is thanks to the work of proprietors, sponsors, CHAM’s partners, the college leadership team, CHAM staff, and the hard work of students and their families.

New clinicians at a CHAM joint graduation ceremony.
Training Manager Grace Soko presents at a project closing event.
Training college representatives discuss standard operating procedures.
Students from Holy Family Training College reciting nurse’s prayer.

Training Programs

Read about the courses of study you can take as a CHAM student – both basic and post-basic.

Scholarship Programs

Learn how numerous organizations support CHAM in ending Malawi’s health human resources crisis.

Applications & Admissions

Learn more about the application and admissions processes at CHAM’s training colleges.

News from the Colleges

Check out recent updates from CHAM training colleges and the Secretariat’s Training Section.
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