Interview with Orant Board Member Dr. Melda Phiri

Dr. Melda Phiri

Orant is excited to welcome Dr. Melda Phiri to our Board of Directors. Like Orant, Dr. Melda Phiri is committed to improving the quality of people’s lives. She believes in the power of research. She is devoted to the pursuit of truth. Please enjoy our interview with her.

What is your profession?

I am a Medical Doctor. I work for the University of North Carolina (UNC) Project Malawi.

How does your profession relate to Orant's work?

Orant Charities Africa runs the following programs: Agriculture and businesshealthcareeducation, and water and sanitation. Healthcare aligns with my profession.

Tell us a bit about your career journey and major accomplishments.

Being a healthcare provider demands dedication and passion. Since my childhood, I have had a desire to serve others. When I obtained my first degree in science, I realized that I was not satisfied. Hence, I decided to study medicine. After finishing my internship, I worked with Lilongwe Adventist Hospital and Partners in Hope. I decided to take the research route. I was employed by UNC Project in 2016. During my first 3 years at UNC Project, I worked with a team to study pneumonia in under-fives. Seeing severely-ill children cured as a result of our work remains one of my major achievements.

Conducting research is an invaluable tool to understand the complexities of health problems, disapprove lies, uphold truth, and create knowledge that is reliable and authentic. Research develops a better understanding of critical issues. It enhances decision-making capabilities.

What motivates you? What are you passionate about?

I am genuinely interested in helping others and improving the quality of people’s livelihood, especially the disadvantaged. I love what I do, which serves as fuel as I serve patients and study participants and their families.

How do you feel about working with Orant?

Orant is committed to supporting and improving people’s lives, which aligns with my passions. In addition, the organization implements African solutions to solve African challenges. I am excited to offer my skills and knowledge to help Orant continue to accomplish great things.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Working in the healthcare field will test you personally and professionally in more ways than you can ever imagine. You will meet people who change your life. 

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