Version February 8th 2018
Adopt-a-Career – educational sponsorship for hospital staff
From the very beginning Pro Phalombe has invested into the infrastructure of the hospital Phalombe and has managed some major projects. An analysis of our work in Malawi set out the basis for the planning of new projects. After discussions with the hospital board it was decided in 2011 that a separate educational trust was needed: Adopt–a-Career was born.
A grant of € 160'000 for the next 5 years was approved, meaning that every year the equivalent of € 32'000 could be spent anually on this much needed project.
Goals of project
– Staff training
Selection of candidates
At least once a year interviews are carried out with applicants (pictured above is the interview panel with Mrs. Sabina Sesay, Mr. Basikolo, Mr. P. Machado and Dr. Dalitso Zeka).The first candidates were interviewed in November 2011. In principle every member of staff is welcome to join the scheme, provided he or she adresses an application with a full curriculum to the comittee. After a successful interview the applicant has to undergo a medical exam which is to certify that his state of health is sufficient for the vocational training. Included in this is also a HIV Test. If he tests positive it becomes mandatory for him to undergo a retroviral therapy in order to get an educational grant. This procedure has become standard in Malawi for various reasons.
Possibilities for diplomas
Summary and outlook
The project, Adopt-a-Career, has been welcomed in Phalombe with great enthusiasm. Although the candidates have yet to prove how well they will fare in the final exams. The challenge for us in this project is clearly foreseeing which educational bodies offer which courses at what prices. The financial transactions are done in cooperation with a local company which settles the accounts directly with the schools. This is done in order to avoid the possibility that the hospital board could use these designated funds for other purposes. After all they would have the authority to do so.