Maliwase Munthali

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My name is Maliwase Munthali. I was born on 08 December 1990. I am the first born in my family (1 sister and 3 brothers). I come from the northern part of Malawi but I was born and raised mostly in the southern part in a town called Blantyre. I am now living in Lilongwe with my parents.

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I did my primary school at Joyce Banda Foundation and my secondary at Providence Girls Secondary School and I completed my A levels at Phwezi Girls Secondary School. The two schools are boarding schools! My ambition was to be a doctor though I didn’t want to work with touching blood. I used to ask my mum if there was a way I could be a doctor without touching blood! When I went to TATCOT I was so glad to see that I could work with clients in my white coat and no blood touching.

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I pursued my diploma at TATCOT in Kilimanjaro. I was there from 2008 to 2011. TATCOT is the place where I discovered more about myself and what I like doing and what I would like to do. I was sponsored by 500 miles after I selected following an interview process. It was really the Grace of God.

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I started liking my profession in second year when I made a prosthesis and the patient walked. It was like a dream to me. I was so excited. From that time on I love being a part of giving people a second chance to walk another mile even if their normal limbs are amputated.

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I was the first female in Malawi to study prosthetics and othotics and am now working at the 500 miles Centre at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe. I have worked for almost 2 years now. When I am doing gait training with my prosthetic user clients, I always tell them to tell their mind that their limb is back – and it works. They have a good gait and have confidence in the prosthetic and that makes it easier for them to move not only a mile but extra miles!

I like singing gospel music, swimming, writing power point presentations, cooking and learning new things.

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My dreams are to obtain a degree, masters and PHD in rehabilitation and physical disabilities majoring in prosthetics and orthotics.