2240 Books for Malawi and counting!


Hannah surrounded by boxes of books for Malawi

Hannah surrounded by boxes of books for Malawi

Hannah Steward, her family and friends have been busy collecting books to donate to school libraries in Malawi.  The students are travelling to Malawi this week; she and others in the team have filled their suitcases to the maximum allowance with not only books but other toys, including wooden jigsaws, inflatable balls, educational posters and outside play equipment.

A special thanks to Hannah’s Mum who has been very active in packing, collecting, transporting and generally been supportive!

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.

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