Journal of
Public Health and Epidemiology

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Health Epidemiol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2316
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPHE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 653

Full Length Research Paper

Morbidity and mortality due to severe diseases in Kasungu District, Malawi, Central Africa

David S. Chung
  • David S. Chung
  • Division of Biology and Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA.
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Moon-Jun B. Kim
  • Moon-Jun B. Kim
  • Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, NY 14850, USA.
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Richard E. Kang
  • Richard E. Kang
  • The School of Public Health, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA.
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Jamie Yoon
  • Jamie Yoon
  • UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA.
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Seung Y. Choi
  • Seung Y. Choi
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA.
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Judy Lee
  • Judy Lee
  • School of Human EcologyCornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA.
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Hannah Son
  • Hannah Son
  • Department of Biology, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, USA.
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Ye J. Song
  • Ye J. Song
  • Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063, USA.
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Jung Y. Choi
  • Jung Y. Choi
  • St. Andrew’s School, Middletown, DE 19709, USA.
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Peter Lee
  • Peter Lee
  • Collegiate School, New York, NY 10024, USA.
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Sohyun Chang
  • Sohyun Chang
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA.
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Sung M. Kang
  • Sung M. Kang
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA.
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Choongsung Lee
  • Choongsung Lee
  • Glenelg High School, Glenelg, MD 21737, USA.
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Joseph Park
  • Joseph Park
  • South High School, Torrance, CA 90505, USA.
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George Talama
  • George Talama
  • Kasungu District Hospital, Kasungu District, Malawi.
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Jerome Z. Nkambule
  • Jerome Z. Nkambule
  • Kasungu District Hospital, Kasungu District, Malawi.
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Sung-Jae Chung
  • Sung-Jae Chung
  • School of Arts and Sciences, Marymount University, Arlington, VA 22203, USA.
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  •  Received: 23 January 2016
  •  Accepted: 18 July 2016
  •  Published: 31 October 2016


Analysis of the distribution of patients and diseases in the Kasungu District Hospital of Malawi, a land locked country in south-eastern Africa, was presented. The statistics of reported diseases in the hospital data with variables such as disease types, patient types and times of the year were examined. It is shown in this study that many of the diseases endemic to Africa do generally occur in this selected district as well. However, the analysis presents the possibility of reducing the incidences of many diseases by preventive measures and access to health facilities on time. This work is the extension of previous efforts to make accurate data available and is placed in the larger context of the diseases affecting the African continent in general.


Key words: Malaria, tuberculosis, Malawi, childhood education.