• November 29, 2022 6:18 pm

Government to procure 8,000 Motor Cycles to promote Primary Healthcare in Malawi

Aug 29, 2022

Ministry of Health has disclosed plans to procure 8, 000 motorcycles to be distributed to health officials so that they are able to implement Primary Health Care (PHC) services.

Newton Kalua: White Ribbon Communications and Advocacy officer

Director for National Community Health Services at Ministry of Health, Doreen Ali, said this in Mponela, Dowa during a media workshop on the PHC.

Ali urged the media to report positively regarding issues of PHC.

The mission of PHC services is to ensure quality, integrated community health services affordable, culturally acceptable, scientifically appropriate, and accessible to every household through community participation to reduce deaths and the socio-economic burden of illness in Malawi.

Some intervention towards PHC include Integrated Community Health Service Delivery Guidelines, Integrated Community Health training Manual, Integrated Community Health Defaulter Tracing Operational Manual, Integrated Community Health Defaulter, and Scorecard Operational Manual. Another intervention is on Human Resources.

The Ministry has rolled Clarity Guidelines (RCG) for Community Health and that since 2020 over 2000 new HSAs have been recruited.

Principal Officer for National Community Health Services, Precious Phiri, says over 70% new HSAs have undergone pre- service Training and that new HSAs’ curriculum has been launched by Minister of Health.

Phiri says the Ministry has strengthened partner support on recruitment and training, for example Zomba recruited and trained 40 new HSAs, while Mangochi recruited and trained 73 new HSAs.

He says on partnership, HBCU Supported Machinga, Zomba and Blanytre to recruit and train 110 new HSAs.

Updates to the Community Health Priorities include closing the Human Resource Gap, Financing, Infrastructure, Integrated Community Health Information Systems, Community Engagement and the Community Health Integration.

White Ribbon Alliance Malawi Communications and Advocacy Officer, Newton Kalua, said the training with journalists was so important because journalists are the crucial partners in health delivery.

He said with funding from Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI), WRA Malawi supported the Ministry of Health to engage with 20 journalists on primary health care, specifically on the role it can play on advocacy and pushing for more finances towards PHC in Malawi in their reporting.

“We also managed to bring forth Health Surveillance Assistants and community members of Kalindang’oma village in Mponela, so that the members of the media appreciate the progress and challenges of the work of HSAs as well as the community members in as far as PHC is concerned,” he said.

He said: “As WRA Malawi, we are happy with the massive turn up of the journalists, and we pledge to help them further when it comes to issues concerning PHC reporting, and we hope their stories will result in effective policy changes and channeling of more resources towards PHC by the Government.”

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