It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Dr Mwanza Banda, Consultant Psychiatrist and Lecturer with the Master of Medicine Psychiatry programme.

Dr Banda has been a pioneer for promoting mental health training in Zambia and was the founder of the Master of Medicine Psychiatry programme at the University of Zambia, which commenced in 2011. He has been pivotal in supporting the programme and providing critical capacity for training and supervising of trainees on the programme.

We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Dr Banda’s family, as well as to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Zambia and to his colleagues at Chainama Hospital, where he was often based. Zambia is truly indebted to his life’s commitment to promoting the needs of those with mental illness, and for his leadership and initiative to start the first Master of Medicine Psychiatry programme in the country. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.