Germany impressed with progress on neo-natal and maternal health

Written by  McDonald Chiwayula

The German Ambassador to Malawi, Jurgen Borsch said there’s good progress on neo-natal and maternal health initiatives in the country. Borsch was speaking in Lilongwe during an awards ceremony to 33 hospitals that are under the pilot phase of Results Based Financing (RBF).

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Borsch said his government has committed a lot of money to Malawi in promotion of the health sector.


“When we rolled out this project we were not sure that it will have such a great impact. It was a pilot project; we wanted to find out how we can deliver professional and warm hearted health services. After five years I can only say, it is amazing how well the programme went into the four districts and it is my hope that the Government of Malawi will continue with the good work,” said Borsch.


The outgoing Country Director for RBF in the country, Matthew Nviri, said he was impressed with the results of the programme and called on key stakeholders in the sector to maintain the status quo.


“Results Based Financing for maternal and new born health has been a very successful programme. As you can see today we are on cycle number 17 and in this cycle the overall performance has been 93 percent which means health service delivery centers have been capable of providing 93 percent quality of services. This achievement is a great improvement from the 18 percent quality of service which we had in cycle 1 in 2017,” said Nviri.


In his remarks Minister of Health, Atupele Muluzi said government appreciates the investments and initiatives the Germany government is doing in the country. Muluzi notes that government has benefited a lot through the RBF initiative as it has improved neonatal and maternal health.


“This initiative Results Based Financing is an excellent example of high impact interventions aimed at improving quality of health for expectant mothers and new born children. The initiative has also presented us a good model to learn from. As you know we are implementing decentralization in Malawi where we have fully decentralized district and community health services so this is a good model to benchmark from,” said Muluzi.


Results Based Financing initiative was rolled out in 2013 to end deaths and improve health of pregnant mothers and newly born children. The pilot phase of the project covered four districts namely; Ntcheu, Balaka, Dedza and Mchinji.

 

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