A 2013/2014 Malawi Service Provision Assessment (MSPA) report has shown that the majority of local health facilities face many challenges ranging to lack of basic amenities necessary for good quality care as four in 10 facilities do not have regular electricity and two thirds do not have a client latrine.
Many essential medications are available in less than half of the facilities, according ti the report, which is the first of its kind.
USAID health office director Peter Halpert whose office played a key role in assessment report, said: “access to HIV-testing services is vital in Malawi. Where 10.6 percent of women and men aged 15 and 49 are positive thus
according to the Malawi Demographic and Health survey.”
Principal secretary in the ministry of health Chris Kang’ombe said the report will help assess the health situation on the ground and how improvements can be made.
Kang’ombe conceded that the health sector is facing “so many challenges “.
Challenges highlighted in the report include neonatal deaths, family planning and antenatal care as the