Professor Address Malata is the Vice-Chancellor of the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) and is the first Nurse and Midwife to hold such a position in Africa. Under her guidance, MUST has rapidly developed and implemented innovations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Malata is also the University’s Acting Director for International Centre for Quality Management and Research. She is former President of Africa Honor Society of Nursing of Sigma Theta Tau (Tau Lambda at Large). She was the first African Midwife to hold the position of Vice President of the International Confederation of Midwives. Professor Malata has dedicated her career to the education of Nurses and Midwives in Malawi and Africa. She was Vice-Principal and Principal of Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN), a constituent college of the University of Malawi for ten years and spearheaded it to become a World Health Organization collaborating centre for interprofessional education and leadership in 2016.
She has led the development and implementation of various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the fields of nursing, midwifery, sexual and reproductive health, science, innovation and technology. Her research work has focused on sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, and the health workforce. She is a renowned international speaker, author and editor of various journals in the field of health, nursing, midwifery, and health workforce. She serves on numerous international, regional and national boards. She is also an advocate for girls’ and women’s empowerment through education. Professor Malata was the first nurse and midwife to receive a Doctor Honoris Causa in 2014 in recognition for her work by the University of Oslo in Norway, and she has also received an Award of Excellence in Nursing & Midwifery from the National Organization of Nurses and Midwives in Malawi. She is the first nurse and midwife based in Africa to be admitted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has also received numerous other awards.