Introduction

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Umoyo Wa Thanzi (UTHA)/Health for Life was founded in 2012 and functions as a collaboration between The Ohio State University, Child Legacy International, and the University of Malawi College of Medicine. This multidisciplinary program facilitates research activities and the development of community-based interventions to improve the health of rural Malawians.

The UTHA study site is based at the McGuire Wellness Centre, a health facility founded by the non-profit organization, Child Legacy International. Located in the district of Lilongwe in central Malawi, the clinic serves a catchment area of 68 villages (~20,000 people) and provides clinical exam rooms, laboratory space, and accommodations for researchers.

In 2013 Ohio State faculty and graduate students began working in Malawi, funded by Ohio State grants. The program quickly grew to encompass multiple studies and outreach programs conducted by researchers from a wide variety of disciplines. UTHA partners continue to work together to understand the health needs of this community and find long-term solutions to the health challenges in this area.

Click here to see a timeline and read more about how UTHA developed.