The “Strengthening Public Private Partnerships in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Monitoring Consultant to Support the Ministry of Health” project was launched at the end of March in Malawi, bringing to four the total number of projects in Malawi that EPOS is implementing.
The recently launched KfW-funded project is part of the overall Programme “Strengthening Public Private Partnerships in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” which aims to reduce the national maternal mortality rate by focusing on improving access to family planning (FP) counselling and methods – including population groups that until now have had limited or non-existant interaction with the state family planning programme.
The German Government has granted EUR 20 million towards Programme funding. The MoH is leading overall Programme responsibility and monitoring, while implementation is being carried out by a consortium of NGOs led by Population Services International (PSI). The Programme covers nine priority districts of Malawi: Neno, Ntcheu, Mzimba North and South, Likoma, Ntchisi, Thyolo, Blantyre, Rumphi, and Mwanza.
The specific Monitoring Consultant (MC) component of the Programme, provided by EPOS Health Management through the recently launched project will be accountable to the MoH. To ensure high-quality, timely and efficient Programme implementation the project will focus on:
- Capacity building of MoH in programme steering and monitoring; support in programme performance monitoring
- Support in financial monitoring and fund management
- Support in reporting
EPOS’ strategy towards monitoring support is based on a participatory approach that will enable the MC to build up a common understanding of the Programme among all stakeholders and ensure a trustful working relationship. This will be particulalry important in relations between KfW and the MoH, and between the NGO partner implementation consortium and the MoH.
The intial Monitoring project launch meeting brought together Team Leader, Günter Merk, the Monitoring and Evaluation Expert, Steven Chizimbi and the Backstopper, Susanne Wessel-Ellermanm on the part of EPOS and with Rhino Grant Mchenga, Chief Economist in the Central Monitoring and Evaluation Department and Edgar Arnold Lungu, Health Planning Officer in the Department of Planning and Policy Development on the part of MoH.
The main objective of the first meeting was to clarify tasks, responsibilities, expectations and capacities of all stakeholders and to achieve a common understanding of the role of the MC.
Pictured in photo above - from left: Edgar Arnold Lungu, Health Planning Officer in the Department of Planning and Policy Development; Steven CHizimbi, EPOS Monitoring and Evaluation Expert; Rhino Grant Mchenga, Chief Economist in the Central Monitoring and Evaluation Department; Günter Merk, EPOS Team Leader