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Malawi tipped on United Nations assembly

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By Faith Kadzanja:

MATEMBA— We still have challenges in the health
sector

Health rights activist Maziko Matemba has said there is need for Malawi to start sharpening ideas to be presented the United Nations General Assembly (Unga) to be held in September this year.

This year, the assembly will pay special attention to health issues.

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“Now, considering that Malawi struggles to provide required healthcare services to citizens, this is an opportunity to lobby for support,” he said.

The 74th Session of Unga will be held from September 17 to 23, with one of the high-level meetings focusing on Universal Health Coverage.

“This is an important agenda when we are trying to attain the right to health. Every year, the UN has an agenda for different reasons and this year we are fortunate that the UN is going to be discussing issues of health.

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“We still have challenges in the health sector, people complain of covering distances to access healthcare services. Malawi is one of the countries that failed to meet Millennium Development Goals on maternal health; so, Malawi needs to make a commitment to the UN in September,’’ he said.

In his State of the Nation Address last month, President Peter Mutharika pledged to ensure that the health sector continues to get the necessary support

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