Two for One: The Tandem PA Comparable in Malawi
Malawi has multiple levels of mid-level medically trained clinicians. In 1890 the medical assistant position was created, Because of the physician shortage, the Clinical Officer (CO) profession was established in 1979 as a short-term measure. The CO proved to be so critical in health systems which made the Ministry of Health (MoH) to continue developing the CO profession. The MoH recognized that this well-trained cadre worked well in compliment with the MA and became the backbone of health care in Malawi.
While there are two terms for the profession, Clinical Associate (CA) is the formal title given to mid-level providers within the country.
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