Financiers of the Results-Based Funding for Maternal and Neonatal Health (RBF4MNH) have said they are satisfied with the impact the initiative is making to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity.
Speaking at Ntcheu District Health Office (DHO) last Friday, Torsten Jellestad, KFW country director, said RBF4MNH is one of the key pillars of Germany’s commitment in maternal and neonatal health.
“Our strong commitments in the health sector include family planning, sexual reproductive health and infrastructure in the health sector and that is why KFW has pumped in 26 million Euros [about K20.3 billion] for the RBF4MNH initiative piloting in Ntcheu, Mchinji, Balaka and Dedza,” Jellestad said.
He said KFW, implementers of German Government financial cooperation, will continue the idea of results-based financing in different scopes and other projects the reconstruction bank of Germany is undertaking.
Royal Norwegian Embassy Second Secretary, Kari Edvardsdal-Hansen, said quality of infrastructure the program has constructed and the conditional cash transfers (CCT) have improved quality of care in maternal and neonatal health delivery.
Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume said over the last six months Ntcheu DHO has recorded only two maternal deaths, testifying that the programme has improved maternal health services.
RBF4MNH is a Malawi government programme designed to help poor people live healthier lives by linking predetermined results to incentives funded by German and Royal Norwegian Governments. n