In an attempt to ease transport problems dogging the heath sector, Results-Based Financing for Maternal and Neonatal Health (RBF4MNH), which is a Malawi government initiative, has said it will procure four ambulances for the programme’s four participating districts.
Speaking on the sidelines of the final community awareness campaign at Bilila in Ntcheu on Friday, RBF 4MNH Director, Matthew Nviiri, said shortage of ambulances in the health sector is one of the serious gaps that the programme identified as a key area.
“We have come up with a concept note which we have submitted to our donors to ensure that if they allow, we should procure four ambulances for Ntcheu, Balaka, Mchinji and Dedza district hospitals,” Nviiri said.
He said RBF4MNH was committed to supporting the Ministry of Health and the local people to ease transport problems in the health delivery system.
“We are also aware the districts have a few running ambulances that are in bad shape and we want to work with the hospital management teams to device a robust maintenance concept so that the procured ambulances are not abused,” Nviiri said.
Chairperson of the RBF4MNH advocacy team, Paramount Chief Gomani V, said they are using the local advocacy team comprising chiefs, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Local Government officials to advocate and lobby to donors so that the programme can be expanded to other districts in Malawi.
“Currently, we are in four districts but we hope to scale up to all districts in Malawi so that every health facility can have improved infrastructure and every staff working in government or Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) facilities is motivated with rewards and has the right tools and equipment needed to give quality services to pregnant mothers,” Paramount Gomani said.
RBF4MNH Communications Officer, Charity Roka, said the initiative aims at reaching a stage where no woman dies while giving birth and no baby is lost before reaching its 5th birthday.
Norwegian and German governments are funding the RBF4MNH initiative to the tune of over K10 billion and the proposed ambulances will each cost about US$40 00-US$50 000.
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