Malawi Hospital Strengthening Project Delivers First Assessment Results
Team members of the KfW funded "Strengthening Public Private Partnerships within the Health Sector" project in Malawi recently delivered results of an initial assessment of 18 health facilities which considered infrastructure, availability of medical equipment and drugs, public health data, healthcare staffing, financial management operations and availability of a service level agreement with the Ministry of Health (MoH).
Launched at the start of this year through a €6.8 million German government grant, the EPOS implemented KfW project aims to support selected community hospitals and health centres of the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) in improving availability of, access to, and utilisation of health services with a particular focus on maternal and neonatal health care. Through this project, the MoH will be able to provide specific health services to the population through CHAM facilities, resulting in increased access to health care in regions where government-owned facilities cannot sufficiently provide services.
The project’s recent health facilities assessment results will be used to help CHAM and the MoH make a final selection of facilities to support. Eventual infrastructure interventions will include general rehabilitation as well as provision of water, sewerage and electricity access, enabling the selected facilities to improve the range of services
An additional health facility support component will address operational management support measures (OMSM); analysis of requirements and feasibility of an improved drug supply management (DSM); Physical asset management (PAM) and a concept for health facilities operation and management.