‘Invest in community health’
By Wezzie Gausi:
Development partners have urged the Malawi Government to invest heavily in community health systems, which they describe as key to meeting Universal Health Coverage goals.
Donor community chairperson Rudolf Schwenk said this on Monday at Kapiri in Mchinji District during the launch of National Community Health Day.
“Unicef [United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund] is fully aware that resources in Malawi are limited. At the same time, this constraint is not a new one and we believe that there is room in the budget for prioritisation of children.
“Every year, we fail to spend all the resources allocated to different sectors. Absorption capacities differ from one ministry and agency to another and this affects the efficiency and effectiveness of implementation. Actions to address this situation— like improved, evidence-based budget allocations and the reduction of bottlenecks— could help stakeholders spend all of the committed resources – without having to increase the allocations in the budget,” Schwenk said.
Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda called for collaborative efforts to address current challenges.
She, however, said the government was committed to the cause of making quality services accessible to all.
“This is why the government thought of introducing community healthcare services. We still have a lot of work to be done to continue achieving better outcomes,” she said.
The event was celebrated under the theme ‘Let’s Unite to Promote Good Health in Our Community’.