Malawi Health Equity Network programme manager Davies Mwachumu has urged civil society organisations (CSOs) in Balaka to advocate for universal health coverage in the district.
He made the call on Saturday when Universal Health Coverage Coalition trained Balaka-based CSOs in monitoring the health budget and ensure people access healthcare services easily.
Said Mwachumu: “We noted that hospitals may run out of essential drugs or do not have equipment, which affect the delivery of healthcare services.
“Again, some health workers do not treat patients with dignity. So, we want CSOs to help address these issues.”
On his part, Journalists Association Against Aids executive director Christopher Bauti said empowering CSOs on social accountability in the health sector will help the district attain universal health coverage.
Balaka CSO Network chairperson John Bamusi urged CSOs to address drug pilferage in health facilities.
Universal Health Coverage Coalition is implementing Influencing Citizen Participation in Demanding Universal Health Coverage Project through its members with funding from Oxfam in Malawi.