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Head of Department. PhD Fellow, Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), Part Time Lecturer Health & Fitness Professionals Academy (HFPA) International.

He has several publications in peer reviewed journals and continues to serve as a reviewer for high ranking journals in the area of exercise and health. He was very instrumental in the development of the Sports Science curriculum for the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST). His research focuses on understanding the beneficial effects of exercise on the underlying mechanics of human physiology to guide treatment and prevention of life style diseases and chronic conditions. His PhD work is focusing on understanding the effects of exercise on reduced bone mineral density resulting from antiretroviral therapy in people living with HIV.

Some of his publications include:

Chisati EM, Vasseljen O. Aerobic endurance in HIV-positive young adults and HIV-negative controls in Malawi. Malawi Med J. 2015;27(1):5–9.

Chisati EM, Betenigo E. Cardiorespiratory Fitness of Young Malawian Adults. Glob J Med Res. 2015;15(3):11 –17.

Chisati EM, Nyasa C, Banda AM. Preparticipation Physical Evaluation – An opportunity for Malawian athletes. Malawi Med J. 2016; 28(4): 182 – 184

Beling J, Chisati E. Advancing Physical Therapy Practice through Curriculum Revision: The Malawi Experience. Frontiers in Public Health. 2017;5(August):1–7. 

Teaching and Supervision

Exercise Physiology, Exercise and health maintenance in HIV/AIDS, Exercise therapy, Sports, Physiotherapy, Supervising undergraduate research projects.


Anderson Mughogho (MSc.PT, BSc. Hon.)

Lecturer & Current Deputy HOD

He graduated with MSc and BSc (honours) from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa where he got a Deans list award. His masters research looked at “Factors associated with football injuries in Malawi: Implications for Physiotherapy Intervention.

He lived in Northern Norway for one year where he worked at a University Teaching Hospital and lectured at the University of Tromso.

He has vast hands on experience in managing Paediatric and musculoskeletal conditions.  He has previously worked at Malawi Against Physical Disabilities (MAP) as a Tutor and Physiotherapist in the outreach and In-patient departments and a partner at Sandi Rehabilitation. His area of research interest is implementation of physical activities to contribute to the fight against diseases of lifestyle. He is currently working on a PhD concept where his interest is in improving early identification, referral and management of children with cerebral palsy.

Tarimo Nesto  (MSc. in Physiotherapy UWC,RSA, BSc. Hon. PT UWC, RSA, Dip. PT, KCMC Tanzania)

Lecturer & Clinical placement Coordinator

Has more than 10 years of both clinical and teaching experience, also has experience in curriculum development, management and review, and participated in the development of the curriculum for BSc. Physiotherapy training program.

He has published several peer reviewed research papers and presented papers both in local and international conferences. He has received several awards both academic and professional ones.

He is passionate about Community Health and his areas of research interest are musculo-skeletal conditions and Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Currently is a PhD scholar, working towards developing a Health Promotion Program for clients with hypertension (high blood pressure) in Malawi.

Reuben Kalavina (MSc., BSc., UWC), Dip. Physio PT (KCMC)


Was introduced to the profession as a rehabilitation assistant in 2002. In 2004 pursued a diploma in PT in Tanzania and later in 2012 was accepted to pursue a BSc physiotherapy in South Africa and consequently a master of physiotherapy at the same university.

His  masters research was based to stroke rehabilitation. He has worked for close to 15 years at Kachere Rehabilitation Centre where he was involved in stroke and spinal cord injury rehabilitation before joining the College of Medicine in 2015.

He has submitted an article entitled the Challenges experienced by stroke patients and spouses in Blantyre Malawi to Malawi Medical Journal (MMJ). His research interest is in neuro and geriatric rehabilitation



Dietmar Seidenspinner (MSc., BSc.Phys., PT)

Since May 2017 he supports the Department of Physiotherapy as a Lecturer and Advisor. He is giving academic input on existing and new courses. Further his is working on International Collaborations and on the implementation of exchange and postgraduate programs in research & education.

Previously he worked as a permanent lecturer and a research associate at the University of Marburg Germany. He has published in peer reviewed journals, is a book author and presented research papers at international conferences.

His main practical expertise lies in the field of Orthopedics & Sports physiotherapy and Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation. His research interests concern bio-kinetics and kinematics. With his experience in motion analysis he is supporting and coordinating a project for the early assessment and management of Cerebral Palsy in Malawi.

Recently he starts working on the implementation of a new “Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging System (Sonography)” at the Physio Clinic. Real-time ultrasound in the specialization “Imaging in Rehabilitation” is intended to prepare qualified PT’s and students as best as possible for future requirements.


Integrated Expert (IE)*

This position is supported by German development cooperation / Centre for International Migration and Development (GIZ/CIM)


Research and Publication at ResearchGate:


Grace Muoka

Assistant Lecturer. BSc Honours Degree in Physiotherapy from College of Medicine, Malawi. Has special interest in musculoskeletal conditions, Burns and Electrotherapy.






Aaron Yaulungu Mwafulirwa rent levels in areas of academics and spiritual life. His areas of research interest are Community an(BSc. Hon. in  Physiotherapy), College of Medicine, Malawi) 

Assistant Lecturer

He mentors youths at diffed Clinical rehabilitation related to neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as Ergonomics. He participated in the  review of the  BSc Physiotherapy training program.


James Kaunda (BSc. Hon. in Physiotherapy, College of Medicine, Malawi )

Assistant Lecturer

Has special interest in Paediatrics, Ergonomics, Community Health and Electrotherapy. He participated in the review of the  BSc Physiotherapy training program.

Alice D Namanja (BSc. Hon. in Physiotherapy, College of Medicine, Malawi)

Assistant  Lecturer

She is passionate with lung and heart health, and her areas of research interest are cardiovascular and respiratory health and rehabilitation as well as geriatric  care. She participated in the  review of the  BSc Physiotherapy training program.

She has published a chapter in a book entitled ‘Knowledge for a Sustainable World’. She is working on establishing pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation units at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and at College of Medicine.



Takondwa Bakuwa   

Assistant Lecturer.BSc honours Degree in Physiotherapy from College of Medicine, Malawi. Has special interests in Community Based Rehabilitation with Respect to Palliative Care, Geriatrics, Women’s Health and Pediatrics



Thom Kaledzera (BSc. Hon. in Physiotherapy, College of Medicine, Malawi).

Assistant Lecturer.

His career objective is to be an enthusiastic and knowledgeable clinical anatomy lecturer. He highly enjoy inspiring students and colleagues to apply knowledge of anatomy into patients management which he believes can improve one’s professional life and patient care

His research interest concerns clinical anatomy where he has a keen curiosity about the application of anatomy in patient evaluation, diagnosis and management. At present he is working with the GIZ expert in implementing a new “Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging System (Sonography)” at College of Medicine physiotherapy clinic.

He attended a postgraduate training and obtained an internationally recognized certificate to manage low back pain using McKenzie method.

He is also leading exercise classes in the physiotherapy department as a way of reaching out to the surrounding community.


Felix Kaphwiyo                 

Physiotherapy Laboratory Technician/ Demonstrator. Dip in Medical Rehabilitation. Manages space, assets and teaching equipment for the department. Also demonstrates how to use physiotherapy appliances to physiotherapy students. Pursuing a BSc in Health Systems Management with the University of Malawi, College Of Medicine.


 Mrs Kitty Misyenje

Secretary and the Department’s longest serving member. Diploma in Secretarial studies and lots of years of work experience.