Knitted elephants for nursery children in a fishing village in Malawi


Jan is a star knitter!  Here she sews up a knitted elephant

Jan is a star knitter! Here she sews up a knitted elephant

This summer Dr Jan Coveney is busy knitting small elephants, many of them!  Nursery School

We will deliver them to the nursery  when we visit this village on Lake Malawi in September 2014.

The young children are going to be enchanted by them!

I hope that many of you will be involved in fund raising or contributing in some way.

Do what you do best!

Pat Lund (

LUND 2012

Patricia Lund

I teach on cell biology, human genetics and cancer biology modules in the Department for Applied Sciences & Health (DASH). I have organised a work experience trip to Malawi (first one in August 2014) using contacts and experience from my field work in Africa and started this DASH to Africa blog to engage all our students (and others) in our international engagement.
More about my research: studies on the genetic condition albinism in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Ghana have been wide reaching with multiple partners and funders. Information has been gathered on the frequency of albinism in different populations, mutations in the gene causing the condition, sun protection strategies adopted to reduce the risk of developing sun induced skin damage, health (especially genetic) care for this vulnerable group, education (mainstream versus special schools) and social perceptions (and misconceptions) about albinism in African communities. These multi-faceted studies have been enriched by collaborations with local albinism associations in Africa and. I have also been privileged to meet many families with albinism.