2021 Hurst Essay Competition

June 12, 2021
This year's Hurst Essay Competition celebrated its 10th anniversary. The competition was created by Dr Nigel Hurst to give sponsored students the opportunity to win a cash prize and receive feedback on their academic writing skills.

For this year we ran four consecutive essays to separate the different categories of students to ensure all students would have an opportunity to win a monetary prize. The title for all categories was:  “Plan a Covid-19 vaccination strategy for implementation in Malawi. Within your answer you may wish to address the following issues: Herd immunity and type of vaccine; logistical challenges and how they may be overcome; delivery and rollout of vaccinations including vaccine refusal.”

Participants had good and meaningful ideas for implementation, but also recognized challenges they would face. We would like to congratulate especially our winners, who are:


  • College of Medicine: 
    • 1st prize - Chisomo Mthunzi (MBBS), 
    • 2nd prize - Moses White (Pharm), 
    • 3rd prize - Patience Ngwira (Physio), 
    • Highly commended - Kumbukani Kamwana (Physio)
  • Mzuzu Nursing: 
    • 1st prize - Yohane Nyirenda, 
    • 2nd prize - Gift Mvula, 
    • 3rd prize - Gift Gama, 
    • Highly commended: Lucius Chinumbi
  • Mzuzu Allied Health: 
    • 1st prize - Martin Banda (mental health worker), 
    • 2nd prize - Christopher Chiwanda (clinical officer), 
    • 3rd prize - Noa Kalinga (psychosocial counsellor), 
    • Highly commended: Duwa Phiri (mental health worker)
  • KCN Nursing: 
    • 1st prize - Lyson Moffolo, 
    • 2nd prize - Bertha Mphepo, 
    • 3rd prize - Regina Chimombo, 
    • Highly commended: Patrick Somanje


A big thanks to the markers Richard Banks, Tony Williams, Cathy Madden, Helen Humphries, David Scott and Robin Schreiber.  The Medic to Medic team is looking forward to the 2022 years’ competition and interesting essays!