Mozambican women drain Malawi family planning method resources

Family planning officials in Mulanje are pointing fingers at Mozambican women for draining family planning method resources from the cash strapped Malawi government.

Dr. Peter Kumpalume, Minister of Health: Has peened Mozambique authorities

Dr. Peter Kumpalume, Minister of Health: Has peened Mozambique authorities

Mulanje Hospital: Mozambican women crossing Muloza border to access family planning methods at this facility

Mulanje Hospital: Mozambican women crossing Muloza border to access family planning methods at this facility

Margaret Mchere, an official responsible for family planning methods at Mulanje District Hospital said there are 129944 child bearing women in Mulanje yet 139422 women are accessing the methods in the border district.

“The increase in women accessing the methods is a clear indication that women from Mozambique cross over the borders to access the methods in Malawi,” said Mchere.

She said this is putting pressure on resources meant to serve Malawians only.

The fertility rate in Malawi, according to official data, stands at 5:1 per cent which means every child bearing women in Mulanje and Malawi has an average children.

Mchere could also not rule out women from Phalombe and Thyolo accessing the family planning methods.

Meanwhile, Dedza District Hospital has run out of malaria drug La.

Some people are blaming Mozambicans who access the free public hospital services in the district.

District Health Officer Chisowa said the problem could be that health centres are giving out the drug without testing patients for malaria therefore patients not down with malaria are administered La.

“I have written all health centres on this matter to ensure only those suffering from malaria should be given La,” said Chaoswa.

Health minister Peter Kumpalume recently told parliament that the government is in the process of contacting the Mozambique government to address the issue of Mozamicans accessing Malawi public health services in the border districts of Dedza, Ntcheu, Mwanza, Chikhwawa, Nsanje and Mulanje.

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18 thoughts on “Mozambican women drain Malawi family planning method resources”

  1. Winston msowoua says:

    Malawians,let’s adhere to ,first and foremost,Christian tenets of ” love thy neighbour as you love yourself”.The Mozambicans who cross the borders into Malawi do this to heal their bodies as there is no alternative to that,so we must help wherever we can we are the same people whether we like it or not.How would a Sena ignore the sufferings of a fellow Sena and likewise,a Yao abandons a Yao and a Lomwe abandons a Lomwe.We must not forget the fact that there are over a million Malawians living and working in Tanzania illegally,this has been taking place for decades and mind you,they get sick and they get free health care services as their hosts.There are also millions of Malawians in Zambia who have made Zambia a home without being registered officially.Your late despotic tyrant Hastings Banda lived in Ghana as a Ghanian until he fell out of grace from Nkrumah’s government on abortion issue that made him accept Kanyama’s and Chipembere’s invitation into Nyasaland.As Iam writing this piece,there are hundreds if not thousands of illegal immigrants from Pakistan,India,Somalia to mention a few,who use our hospitals,schools and other amenities why can’t you not stop them ? Malawians,where have we lost our inherently Pan-Africanism? We must be obliged to help our brothers and sisters in need and not throwing them to the hyenas,today it is them and tomorrow it is us.Do not do what South Africans did to us last year it will haunt them forever.Please let us help the helpless for God will also help us.

  2. John says:

    VUTO NDI BOMA LANU LA DPP. HOW CAN WE HAVE A GOVT WHICH DOES NOT IMPLEMENT NATIONAL IDs. THIS IS HOW OTHER NATIONALS ARE ACCESSING OUR SERVICES BECAUSE YOU CANT TELL WHO IS A BONAFIDE MALAWIAN. THOSE WHO LIVE ALONG THE BORDERS,THEY ALL SPEAK MALAWIAN LANGUAGES. BOMA LICHILIMIKE PA NKHANI YA MA IDs. APO AYI NDIYE KUTI MWAZITHEMBA KUTI MUZITHANDIZANSO A KU MOZAMBIQUE

  3. Sapitwa says:

    This a very critical issue. Malawi is the only country whose people have no IDs. It’s strange considering that the first leader of the country lived in the US and Europe where every individual has an ID. So was Bingu and now Peter.These people should have known better but you can live in America but America can not live in you.
    Without this ID, a country will always straggle to control its resources let alone conduct forensic for critical cases.
    An ID links a person’s full profile thus:
    Height
    Tribe and language
    Place of birth and district
    Gender
    Photo
    Finger prints
    Etc etc.
    With this ID, it could be easy to identify these illegal immigrants and this could have been the basis for discussions with affected governments.

  4. LA says:

    Vomerani kuti zakuvutani. Nanga dziko la mozambique labwera lero kumalire athu? Mwaiwala mgwirizano pa nkhani za health care mumachita ndi ma officials aku Mozambique. Meeting ina inachitikira ku Dedza. Check your records.

  5. israel says:

    Solution ndi ma national IDs

  6. Mwamuna sakalamba says:

    Africa we are one!

  7. Boko Har says:

    Anthu oipa a ku Mozambique,.azilipila

  8. Jameela Kabudula says:

    The issue of Mozambicans benefiting from Malawi medicine and Malawians farming in Mozambique, is an issue which need African leaders to work hand in hand. Following the 1985 – 1994 war in Mozambique, Malawians were only 8 million before accepting the Mozambicans who ran away from the war. Today the population of Malawi stands at 17 million, its obvious that some are those Mozambicans who did not go back home after the war.

    When Malawi during Bingu Wa Mutharika rule, the Mozambique government stopped Malawi to use its waters due to lack of feasibility and what have you….knowing that its people are in Malawi, if this canal can assist Malawi it will also assist their own people.

    Yes its true that Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia are suffering the some issue of people coming for either work/grants without being the citizens of the country – what we can do is that, the leaders be in good working and benefit each other especiaaly neighboring countries.

  9. redeemed says:

    Those are the perks of dwelling in borders. The South African government has been lamenting helplessly over the similar issue where Swaziland, Mozambique, Lesotho and Botswana citizens, especially those living ext to the borders illegally benefit from social grants . This is a delicate issue which require a delicate solution failing which the results could be serious and undesirable.

  10. ophiri says:

    what country i live in. publicly saying to the world that we are totally incapable of defending our borders and resources and we need a neighbouring nation to help us protect us. the same neighbour that has seen a great opportunity due to our permanent zombie, sleepwalking, chidzete status and are using it to live healthily on our medicines and contraceptives, pamene ife tikuswabe ana 10 mu banja then kumafa ndi malungo! koma kumakhaladi ma interview kapena amangoti “pita ukayambe job”

    deal with the illegals one time, adzasiya kubwera mukawaonetsa shawuwa. mukulola ana anu kuti afe ndi malungo because of ulemu. lol…

  11. Anthu akuda says:

    Zambian clients access the same at Mchinji district hospital. Koma tsonotu osachita zinthu mwachimbulimbuli. Some of us who are off the border line might think Malawians don’t cross the borders to Mozambique. Much as most Mozambicans come to Malawi for health services, multitudes of Malawians trek to Mozambique for food products and business commodities. There is so much symbiosis between the people of the two countries.

  12. Vyanje says:

    Be tactful with issues regarding neighbour…introduce IDs…otherwise we are interdependent.

  13. ChaweZi Gomes says:

    Zaziiiii zopanda mchere- so who cares if 1,000 women from Moz get condoms from Malawi???
    Lots of Malawians farm in Mozambique, have Moz ids and get jobs there
    Mwasowa chelemba agalu inu a Znyasatimes

  14. Tt says:

    The only reason malawians are complacent is coz these things /medicine Etc are free. We, malawians just love handouts! Ask any malawian on anti-retrovirals living in South Africa, how difficult it is to get them if you are a makwerekwere (foreigner) .

  15. short wamtali says:

    Kodi sitimati Malawi is God fearing Nation, so why should we allow neighbors die while we have drugs. Remember God created heaven and earth and not Malawi and Moz. Demarcations were created by Man meaning we are one. Lets help them in need where possible…zavuta, zavuta. Bolanso kutero kusiyana ndikuti muziba kumakagulitsa. Fact.

  16. concerned person says:

    What the minister is proposing in parliament is useless. Please facilitate the national I’d and this will save this malnutrition economic country. Stop this useless action. We need national I’d period.

  17. Yes says:

    They have human rights of access to health services. Kkkkkkkkkk!

  18. Truck says:

    TO AVOID THIS PROBLEM ITS SIMPLE IN MALAWI YOU MUST HAVE IDS ANYONE COMING TO HOSPITAL MUST SHOW ID BEFORE GETTING TREATMENT

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