MALAWI ON TRACK IN REDUCING MATERNAL MORTALITY

By Meclina Chirwa

The Global Financing Facility says Malawi has made tremendous progress in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality.

Its Coordinator Pius Nakoma disclosed that Malawi has made considerable headway in key demographic and survival indicators.

Malawi being one of the poorest countries in the world, its overall development and health system are vulnerable to external shocks such as extreme weather events and infectious disease outbreaks.

However, the coming in of Global Financing Facility ()GFF has brought significant changes towards reducing maternal and neonatal mortality.

Nakoma said “The project aims at enhancing governance and accountability in health related matters.”

According to Nakoma, the project has helped reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in the country.

“Women have realized the need of delivering at the hospital than traditional birth attendants as they used to do.” Nakoma explained.

Nakoma further added that the under-five mortality rate has also declined significantly.

The GFF partnership has supported the government of Malawi to develop an investment case based on the country’s health sector strategic plan from 2017-2022.

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