Malawi-Zambia Health Care Project (MaZaFi 3)

Coordinator Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Contact details

Aija Ahokas, aija.ahokas(at)
Pirjo Koski, pirjo.koski(at)

Budget €129 490
Duration 6/2013 – 8/2015
Academic field Health Care and Nursing
Funding since 2004


Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Joensuu, Finland
Malawi College of Health Sciences, Malawi
University of Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing, Malawi
Lusaka School of Nursing, Zambia
Livingstone School of Nursing, Zambia

Brief Description:

The network has existed since 2004 and it expanded to MaZaFi 3 project in 2013. There are now six partners in the network. In MaZaFi 3 project, an overall objective is: a competent nursing practitioner to provide quality care to the needs of clients of the century.
The immediate objectives of the project are:

  1. The knowledge of evidence based practice resources (nursing research) is improved
  2. The evidence based practices are successfully disseminated by the means of modern teaching methods to the students and clinical staff.
  3. The use of evidence on cinical placements (clinical skills) is improved.
  4. The conditions for EBP (management, teachers, tutors, other staff) are created.

One of the main activities of the project is to continue active and well organized student and teacher exchanges between Finland and Malawi and Zambia. An intensive course will be organized in Malawi in 2014, the theme is "Evidence based practice as a key to high-quality patient care".
MaZaFi 3 wishes to promote cancer care in the southern partner countries, and a nursing seminar will be organized in Zambia for educators, nursing students and clinical nursing staff of both southern countries. The nursing seminar will be for two days and it includes study visits to the hospital in Lusaka. Network meeting will be in Malawi during the intensive course.

Funded Activities
Number of Teacher Exchanges: 10
Number of Student Exchanges: 20
Number of Administrative Visits and Network Meetings: 20
Number of Intensive Courses: 1

Brief Description of the Intensive Course(s):

Theme: "Evidence-based practice as a key to high-quality patient care"
Location: Malawi (Lilongwe) Spring 2014
Participants: 15 nursing and midwifery teachers and 45 nursing and midwifery students.
Teaching methods: lectures, workshops, group work and group assignments, study visits, drama and music, social happening, cultural events

Brief Description of Possible Dissemination Measures:

A nursing seminar on cancer care, spring 2015 in Zambia.
Target group: educators, nursing students, clinical nursing staff in Malawi and Zambia.
The seminar will be for two days and the main responsible organizer is Lusaka School of Nursing.

Other means of disseminating knowledge:

  • Journal Clubs during clinical placements of Finnish students
  • workshops at school during exchange periods of Southern students
  • presentations and posters
  • dissemination of knowledge / material during teacher exchanges
  • dissemination activities related to the content of intensive Course