A health rights advocate reveals that inadequate human and financial resources are continuing to cripple the delivery of quality health services in the country.
The Executive Director of the Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN), George Jobe, raised this in Liwonde during media training on a project called Every Woman Every Child Social Accountability.
According to MANA, the project is aimed at promoting accountability on issues of reproductive, maternal, neo-natal, child and adolescent health in the country.
Jobe said through the project, his organization has discovered that a shortage of health workers and inadequate financial resources in the country’s health facilities are major challenges compromising health service delivery.
He noted that a fully-fledged health facility in rural areas is supposed to have six nurses, two medical assistants and environment health officer, but explained that this is not currently the case.
He observed that women and children are the ones suffering the most, hence the need for the government to put in place mechanisms to iron out the problems.
Jobe urged the media to enhance their surveillance role to ensure that such issues are brought to the attention of the authorities.
Players in the insurance sector are strategising on the best ways of advancing health insurance in the country as they prepare for their 2017 annual meeting.
The Insurance Institute of Malawi (IIM) is expected to have the issue as part of their top agenda as they converge for their 2017 annual lake conference in Mangochi next week.
For some time now, there have been queries on issues such as full and partial health insurance cover, and access to the services.
According to Chimwemwe Kanyenda who is Chairperson of the Organising Committee of the conference, they have chosen the Helaht sector because only a handful of people in Malawi have access to health insurance.
This is mainly due to the fact that a majority of Malawians cannot afford health insurance and depend on public health institutions when in need medical attention.
Apart from that, some are not even are of the various companies that offering their services in health insurance.
The conference has in previous years offered captains in the insurance industry an opportunity to bang heads on how to improve the field and tap ideas from global insurance trends.
The conference is this year expected to be held under the theme Business Unusual.
The Insurance Institute of Malawi is the arm of the insurance industry in Malawi that deals with education and training.
Its main objective is to promote professionalism in the insurance industry through education and training. The Institute started operating in 1978.
It has been administering examinations on behalf of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London and the Insurance Institute of South Africa.
The Institute has seen so many people working in the Malawi Insurance Industry qualifying as Associates and Fellows.
A call has been made to Ward Councilors, council secretariat and the health sector in Mzimba to ensure increased transparency and public participation in national and district budgets for better health service delivery.