Amref Health Africa in Malawi has launched a project that seeks to improve health services delivery in the country.
Through four strategic areas of improvement of community health services delivery, retention of healthcare workers, family planning services and healthcare governance, the project will target the national level and three districts of Mangochi, Ntchisi and Chitipa.
Speaking during the launch of the project named Health Systems Advocacy, African Medical and Research Foundation (Amref) regional director Joachim Osur said the programme is advocating for governance and equitable health financing.
He said: “At the end of three years, we are expecting that there will be more healthcare access for Malawians. There is continued poor access to healthcare because the systems are weak. For villagers in Malawi, they have challenges accessing health care and there are many reasons to that. Strengthening the system means, for example, having more money to buy medicine.”
In his remarks, Ministry of Health Principal Secretary Dr. Dan Namarika said the project will contribute to stronger health systems in Malawi.
He said: “The programme is in line with government priorities in the health sector. As a ministry, our main priority is human resource for health and the objectives of the programme—improving the capacity of human resource is of main focus. There are several goals in the programme, but strengthening human recourses for health is very important.”
Established locally in 2012, Amref Malawi is part of 30 countries in Africa where the organisation is making strides by working with communities to deliver preventive services through various health related projects in partnership with the government and other stakeholders.
Some of the projects include e-learning for upgrading midwives, improving high quality and equitable maternal health services in Malawi.