My name is Mwayi Lewis Munthali. I was born on 21st July 1987 at Karonga District, Zindi Village. I am the oldest of six children – all brought up by my mother, after my father died when we were young.
I attended primary school at Malungo in Karonga until 2002, when my uncle took me to Mzuzu. Two years later, I was selected for Nkhata Bay Secondary School. However, in 2006 when I was in my 3rd year, my uncle died and there was nobody else to pay the school fees, so I stopped attending. I was able to go back in 2008 and repeat the class at Chisomo private secondary school in Lilongwe – and I graduated in 2009.
In 2010 I sat for university entrance examination but was not selected. Then in 2011 I met with a friend whom was working at KCH then and he told me about the vacancy at 500 miles prosthetic and orthotic service (Lilongwe), to fill the position of a bench worker and so I applied for the job. Fortunately I was selected.
Working with 500 miles
I’ve enjoyed my experience with 500 miles so far. Everything in the workshop was new to me, but I have learned a lot from practicing and from my colleagues.
I want to be become an orthopaedic technologist, so I can help patients more directly – making the devices that let them achieve their goals, from farmers tending their farms to students going to school again.
I’d like to help increase the number of orthopaedic technologists in Malawi. In this country, there are many patients, but very few people who can provide treatment. Many people across the country aren’t even aware of the services we provide – so I’d like to educate people about prosthetics and orthotics.
In order to provide a skilled and professional treatment to patients, I need the kind of knowledge I can gain from a formal training programme. I want to make sure that all our patients receive an excellent standard of treatment.
I’m proud of my career and I’m happy to be working in prosthetics and orthotics because I like helping people. One day I want to make sure that as many people as possible in Malawi have access to prostheses and orthoses, by establishing services throughout the country.
More about me
I like asking questions – finding out more about the world and making friends. I also like to get involved in charitable activities around the community, especially with my church. I often help out at my church’s youth group and in my spare time I enjoy singing and listening to gospel music.