College of Medicine (CoM) Malaria Alert Centre, in conjunction with World Health Organisation (WHO), has embarked on a Social Innovation in Health Initiative (Sihi) aimed at highlighting and advancing people-centered solutions in maternal and child healthcare in the country.
The initiative, among other activities, will establish a social in health hub at CoM Malaria Alert Centre, identify and train social innovation in health champions in all regions of the country and launch a call for innovative solutions to maternal and child health problems.
Addressing journalists on Friday, CoM Malaria Alert Centre deputy director Dr. Atupele Kapito Tembo said the initiative is the best way to go in improving the quality of healthcare in communities even using limited resources.
“It is a known fact that it is the ordinary people here in Malawi or anywhere in the world that better understand the problems they face when accessing healthcare. Because of this, the ordinary people themselves are, therefore, in a good position to develop better as well as more feasible, affordable and effective solutions that address their healthcare problems,” she said.
In his remarks, Ministry of Health Reproductive Directorate deputy director Owen Chikhwaza said the ministry is interested in locally-developed and people-centered solutions to existing health problems, especially if they have to improve the quality of healthcare for all Malawians. n