Chief of Health Services in the Ministry of Health Charles Mwansambo says government is committed to the delivery of quality health services despite facing some challenges.
He was speaking in Lilongwe on Tuesday on the sidelines of the launch of Amref Health Africa Strategy 2018-2022 at Sunbird Capital.
Said Mwansambo: “Government remains committed to providing quality health services to people. As you are aware, the country still faces some health challenges in the delivery of health services especially around human resources.”
He hailed the role Amref Health Africa in Malawi is playing, saying it is complementing government efforts in providing lasting healthcare in the country.
In his remarks, Amref Health Africa chief executive officer Githinji Gitahi said the prevailing context in the Malawi health sector provides both opportunities and threats for Amref Health Africa.
“A changing donor environment, increasing nationalism in the West, competition and political instability pose threats to the organisation’s mandate and vision. However, we are impressed with how Malawi is putting a lot of resources in the health sector,” he said.
Gitahi said his organisation plans to set up an e-learning college, adding technology is simplifying life.
Malawi has a shortage of at least 7 000 community health workers commonly referred to as health surveillance assistants, according to Amref.
The strategy seeks to ensure that Amref Health Africa remains aligned to its vision of lasting health change in Malawi by increase access to sustainable health care by communities in the country.
Amref Health Africa is an international African organisation with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. It has been operating in Malawi since 2012, partnering with government and other stakeholders in its various programmes.