By Khumbo Kaliwo:
The Ministry of Health has said Malawi faces a $120 million (about K123.7 billion) financing gap to implement Primary Health Care (PHC) Services under the National Community Health Strategy (NCHS 2017-2022).
Head of Community Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Doreen Ali, was speaking when she addressed civil society organisations (CSOs) on Tuesday during a financing and advocacy training.
She said for the past five years, the ministry has been trying to get funds but the resources have not been enough.
“We have noted that five years is not enough when you are building a system. But now partners have seen that the strategy is very important and they are now coming out.
“For example, we have Partners in Health, who will train over 500 health surveillance assistants,” Ali said.
White Ribbon Alliance Executive Director Elimase Gama urged CSOs to help government ensure improved community healthcare service provision systems in Malawi.
“The government is, through the Ministry of Health, doing its part, but we all have a responsibility to make sure that primary healthcare services are achieving the objectives that they are intended for,” Gama said.