Short Courses

College of Medicine’s Centre for Reproductive Health (CRH) offers the following key SRHR courses:

1.  Sexual and Reproductive health leadership course

This course aims at addressing critical reproductive health issues that are likely to hinder Malawi`s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). The focus is to help SRHR leaders sharpen skills through team learning and creation of a learning community that promotes and develops safe motherhood and good reproductive health. The course thus targets policy makers, middle level managers at the district and zonal levels within the Ministry of Health, donor and development partner institutions, media and community key SRHR stakeholders.


The following aspects of the course are covered:

  • Introduction and general leadership theory
  • Frameworks and tools of leadership
  • Mental models and Systems thinking: SRHR Strategy design and team shared vision
  • Team Learning: Creating an SRHR Learning community.
  • Role of policy makers and community leaders in promoting SRHR

 2. Respectful and dignified client care Training of Trainers course.

This course targets selected service providers directly involved in provision of maternal and child health including sexual and reproductive health services to be trained as Trainers in respectful and dignified client care provision across the spectrum of health care delivery in Malawi, i.e, Public, CHAM, NGOs and private owned health care facilities. The course will also target research organizations and affiliates managing clients enrolled in clinical trials. The aim is to equip participants with knowledge and expertise to become Trainers in Customized care and in turn, support in-service training programs in their respective institutions. The overall goal is to ensure that clients accessing SRHR services are treated with respect and dignity.


The following aspects of the course are covered:

  • Elements of respectful/dignified care
  • Principles of personal ethics
  • Professional code of conduct
  • Rights of client/rights of a service provider
  • Accountability vs Responsibility
  • Documentation of client data


 3. Implementation Research for Evidence Based Programming

Implementation research (IR) is a field of health research that is currently getting a lot of attention.  It can be defined as a systematic approach to understanding and addressing barriers to effective and quality implementation of health interventions or programs, strategies and policies. Despite the growing interest in IR, it is a field of research that is less understood.  This course aims at equipping the participants with knowledge of IR and essential capacities to frame relevant research questions, conduct, manage and interpret research results for programme planning and policy implementation. The course would be most beneficial to Program managers, Project officers and coordinators, Monitoring and Evaluation officers, and Policy makers.


The following aspects of the course are covered:

  • Facilitate engagement between researchers and implementers.
  • Identify implementation bottlenecks or inefficiencies.
  • Frame appropriate research questions to address the issues identified.
  • Highlight the different methodological approaches to generating information.
  • Consider ethical issues in context.
  • Facilitate mentorship to ensure sustained IR capacity at all levels.


4. Sexual and Reproductive Health reporting for media

This course targets journalists as well as other media and communication houses.  The purpose is to raise interest among members of the media and communication experts towards sexual and reproductive health issues specifically safe motherhood, family planning, unwanted pregnancies, STI’s and HIV/AIDS prevention. The training offers documentaries, debates and presentations on key topics.


5. Qualitative data analysis using Nvivo in SRH research

The course will target researchers (faculty, students, service providers) interested in the analysis of qualitative data.  The course aims to equip researchers with skills in use of a qualitative data analysis software.

The following aspects of analysis will be covered:

  • Filed notes, writing up or transcribing field notes
  • Developing the Nvivo project, importing sources of data, classifying data
  • Development of code book
  • Content analysis using Nvivo
  • Report writing

6. Sexual and reproductive health and the workplace

This course targets the general public in their workplaces.  The purpose is to raise awareness on SRHR issues and promote good health. Specifically, the course focuses on:

  • Health promotion through good SRHR practices in the workplace
  • Prevention of infectious diseases: STI’s and HIV/AIDS
  • Promoting safe motherhood, fertility regulation
  • Prevention of reproductive cancers

7. Training for Research Assistants and Field Supervisors

This course aims at equipping Research Assistants and Field Supervisors with ethical principles and skills required to conduct data collection, to train on the use of mobile tablets for data capturing and transmission and to impart practical skills on how to collect rich and valid qualitative and quantitative data. The target participants are research assistants, field supervisors, research coordinators, research scientists, research associates, programme monitoring and evaluation experts and undergraduate and post graduate students interested to increase knowledge in qualitative and quantitative data collection.

The topics to be covered include:

  • Research ethics.
  • The process for conducting informed consent
  • Participants recruitment procedures
  • Handling of electronic gadgets (tablets) in data collection.
  • Conducting focus group discussions (FGD) and in-depth interviews (IDI)
  • Transcription and translation of qualitative interviews.
  • Quantitative & Qualitative data management

Improved Reproductive Health(RH) service provision and utilization

About CRH

The centre aims at providing leadership, training and research expertise in order to build the human capacity required to scale up the implementation of the national reproductive health program.

Contacts: Main Office

College of Medicine
Centre for Reproductive Health
P/Bag 360.
Chichiri, Blantyre 3.
Tel: 265 (0) 888 60 47 00

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