By Aamon Butao
It has emerged that the country’s health financing is heavily dependent on donors who contribute more than 50%.
Following the findings by Impala Insights, which was tasked by Facilitators of Community Transformation (FACT) and Journalists Association against Aids, stakeholders have called for long term plans to detach the country from the pattern.
Presenting the study findings in Lilongwe on Friday FACT Director of Programs and Strategy Dr Benjamin Mosiwa said lamented that the health sector continue to be underfunded resulting in poor health delivery.
"We regret that the country has for a long time fallen short of meeting the 15% health budget requirement recommended by the Abuja Declaration." Mosiwa said.
He warned overreliance on donor aid could prove disastrous in the event of a pullout.
On his part, Salima North-West Legislator Enock Phale, who is a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Health, said Malawi need to finds quick solutions to ensure sustainable financing of the health sector.
"The situation has been worsened by plunder of limited resources in the health system." said Phale.
Deputy Director of Planning and Policy in the Ministry of Health Dr Gerald Matharu said by utilizing the Malawi 2063, government will come up with ways of achieving self-financing measures for the health sector.