International Fellowships: North, Central, and Southern Malawi

Malawi is one of the most beautiful African nations, with an exceptionally friendly and hospitable population. However, they face a substantial healthcare burden  due to traumatic injury. These fellowship offers a rare opportunity to gain first-class experience of orthopaedics in a low-income country. The posts not only offer exceptional clinical experience with regard to general orthopaedic trauma, but also the chance to gain an exposure to paediatric orthopaedics and limb reconstruction in a low-resource setting. Our Malawian colleagues have published their world leading experiences in septic arthritis, and also offer an internationally renowned club-foot program. This is an excellent opportunity for joining an established clinical team of local professionals – supporting clinical work, whilst gaining a broader exposure to orthopaedic pathology. 

There are various projects on-going in Malawi, which are broadly split by region (North, Central, and South).    

  • Fellowship Linkman: Mr Steve Mannion can help facilitate attachments to Queens in Blantyre, Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, as well as Clubfoot work in the North. 
  • Fellowship Experience:
    • Clinical work with a particular focus on trauma, bone infection, orthopaedic oncology, paediatric orthopaedics, and dealing with the orthopaedic sequelae of HIV infection.
    • Fellows are also expected to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate training programs in orthopaedics and to assist with orthopaedic clinical officer education.
  • Fellowship Accommodation: Good quality rental availability in cities.
  • Proposed Fellowship Duration: 12 Months (6 Months Approved by the SAC). 

Aims of the Fellowship
To provide an experience of working within an orthopaedic service in a low-income setting, to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate training programs in orthopaedics, and to assist with orthopaedic clinical officer education.

To learn from and support the clinical teams, and gain exposure to problems and solutions encountered working in a different cultural and financial setting.

This fellowship suitable for any trainee, who:

  • Is considering a career in global orthopaedics 
  • Has an interest in training and/or research
  • Has a particular interest in paediatric orthopaedics, bone and joint infection, or wishes to gain experience and a better understanding of basic principles of the conservative management of trauma
  • More junior trainees are expected to participate in initial assessment and peri-operative care of patients, participate in simple procedures where appropriate, and undertake research 
  • More senior trainees are expected to contribute to management decisions, and support consultant led operating lists 

Ideally, fellowships will be for six consecutive months, within established orthopaedic partnerships. Exact schedules will depend on the department and the specific clinical role of the trainee, please see trainee reports for further details of previous experiences. Please notify World Orthopaedic Concern UK regarding your application.


Regions and Partnerships: 

Apply Early for Funding:

  • WOC
  • Furlong Foundation ( )
  • Rotary Club Great Britain  ( )
  • Local charities
  • Drug companies and Orthopaedic manufacturers
  • AO Trauma (Research Grants)

Cost Estimates:

  • Airfare BA direct – circa £650 return
  • Accommodation – 400 – 600 US $ / month resident (includes all bills, including washing and ironing)
  • Cheap living expenses – circa 150 – 300 US$ / month
Trainee Reports:

Beit Cure Blantyre 


Application Enquiries:

Mr Steve Mannion –