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Government courts donors on scaling up RBF4MNH

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In the wake of the huge success registered in the Results-Based Financing for Maternal and Neonatal Health (RBF4MNH) programme being piloted in four districts of the country, government is appealing to the donor-community to consider extend the initiative country-wide.

Chief Director in the Ministry of Health, Chimwemwe Banda, said results have convinced government to extend the programme to all districts in the country as there is a decline in maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality rates in participating health facilities.

Speaking in Lilongwe during RBF4MNH Cycle 9 results dissemination where over K96million in awards was splashed as incentives to health workers in participating facilities, Banda said quality of care has tremendously improved in participating hospitals.

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“We had a meeting with the initiative donors a couple of days ago at government to government level to lobby them to consider scaling up the programme and they wanted to know what government would contribute towards the programme when it is scaled up,” Banda said.

She said government assured donors it would consider contributing financially towards the initiative after consultations with ministries of finance and local government for a gradual scaling up if it would fail to wholesomely extend the initiative country wide.

Paramount Chief Gomani V, RBF4MNH advocacy committee chairperson, said government would do well to scale-up the initiative as this would accelerate the fight against maternal and neonatal deaths.

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