Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE—The governments of Norway, Germany and United Kingdom (UK) have given Malawi a grant of $33 million for the procurement of essential medical drugs and supplies until June this year.
The drugs and supplies are being procured and distributed to all government and health facilities under Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) by UNICEF and USAID, respectively, according to a statement issued Thursday and co-authored by ministry of health, UNICEF and USAID.
“This assistance was provided in response to a request from Malawi government for support to address widespread shortages of essential drugs in health centres and to ensure that the downward trend in morbidity and mortality among children and pregnant women is maintained,” reads the statement in part.
The medicines and supplies under this procurement will, among other interventions, enable health facilities to treat up to 1.5 million episodes of diarrhea, and 1 million episodes of acute respiratory infections.
“In additional, up 600,000 pregnant women will be supplied with micro nutrient supplements and medications to enable them have a safer delivery,” it adds.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013