Ellen Chirwa

Professor Ellen Chirwa

  • Professor Chirwa is a Registered Malawian Midwife and graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned her PhD in Nursing in 2007.
  • Since 1990, she has been teaching midwifery and reproductive in undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Kamuzu College of Nursing in Malawi. In addition, she has been involved in teaching research and leadership. Currently, she is Director the WHO Collaborating Centre in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.
  • Her main expertise covers planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating quality improvement interventions for improving maternal and neonatal care.
  • Furthermore, she has expertise in curriculum development, review, and evaluation for nursing and midwifery education, and other health related programs.
  • She has consultancy experience in policy review and analysis, curriculum review, strategic plan development, masters and doctoral dissertation eternal examination, and maternal and neonatal care program evaluation.
  • She has been principal investigator of various research projects that include: HIV prevention intervention for married couples, improving maternal and neonatal outcomes, developing model approaches for nursing and midwifery education, reproductive health and gender.
  • In her research experience, she has collaborated with partners from Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, United States of America, Norway, Sweden, Canada, and Norway. She has received research funding from National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Centre, IDRC, and NORAD.