Malawians are living dangerously, their lives at the mercy of donors

Malawi government has been asked to take up a challenge and  prioritise healthcare financing for sustainability’s sake as figures  presented at the joint  annual review of the health sector in the country show that the donors  put in 62 percent of the total health sector expenditure compared to the Malawi government’s estimated 25 percent input.

Muluzi: Government is committed to progressively increase health sector financing through the fiscal budget

As part of its extended coverage, the leading daily newspaper, The Nation, has put an editorial comment of the statistic of the funding to health sector in the country

It reported that in every K100 spent in Malawi’s annual health budget, donors are responsible for K62 while government puts in about K25 as revealed by Minister of Health and Population Atupele Muluzi at the joint annual review of the health sector.

The paper in the comment titled’ Malawians are living dangerously’ said the lives of people in the country are at the mercy of the donors.

“It is clear that the health sector financing is not sustainable. It is at the mercy of donors who are often portrayed  by the ruling elite as monsters, Ironically, when the country does better in containing conditions such as HIV and Aids, it is the governing clique that takes the credit,” the paper said.

It pointed out that the health sector is the crown jewel of the nation.

“While partners-including donors, non-governmental organisations and the private sector – can complement the efforts, provision of public health services should be the responsibility of a government. Failing to do so is suicidal.”

The paper said the prevailing levels of donor dependence are not sustainable.

Most of the donor fund go towards HIV and Aids, malaria, tuberculosis and immunisation, with donors such as the African Development Bank (AfDB) contributing K3.6 billion towards the procurement of essential drugs in the 2017/18 financial year alone, where the drug budget was K15 billion.

Muluzi confirmed that the health sector is largely financed by development partners but said Malawi government is committed to “progressively increase health sector financing through the fiscal budget and I would like to thank the development partners for the continued financial and technical support in the sector.”

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Luka
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Luka

Aid is just hush-money, paid to keep us quiet about the evils perpetrated upon our forefathers by imperialists. The modern descendants of these imperialists are happy to accept the lies their historians tell them about the benign British Empire. The truth is that the great-grandchildren of the freedom-snatchers, land-grabbers, culture-tramplers, and soul-crushers of rampant colonialism have a lot more to expiate than they realize. When you bite the hand that heals you, it hurts only when that hand is your own. That hand should be our own – and would be if successive corrupt regimes had not misappropriated the health… Read more »

Reginald
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Reginald

Is it only Malawi? Why are you using unacceptable language here? You mean during Hastings Banda time health services were financed by govt only? And for your information what is SKC doing in UK? addressing all categories of people there. He is trying to buy favours from them. Kwame Nkrumah said after Ghana became independent that Africa will never be independent economically. And why are you castigating Bakili here? Can your father match him? Let your father contest for the presidency.

Vuwa
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Vuwa

This is the type of thinking which is bringing this country down. Koma ndalamazo muzina. Ngati mulibe chonena it is better to shut up your mouth. People are advising you and you are busy defending. Ndakwiya nawe. Shame on you Reginald.

Central
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Central

Manyazi nde mulibetu anthu inu………………………………..!! Zija timkanena ndi zimenezi kuti bodza limavuta kubisa!! The key message from this is that we don’t have a caring government!

Inu moti simukuona kuti ndalama mukugawana ndi Karim zija ndizokwanila kusamalira odwala kapena kugulila katundu ndi mankhwala mu zipatala!!

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

Atupele DPP siikukuyenerani chifukwa chilungamo kulibe kwa anyapapiwo & adana nanu ponena zoona kuyamika ma donors. Mutsike yokuphwayo mudzakwere basi ya UTM or Jakumusi ndikumene mukatakasuke ndi tchutchutchu mumanenayo.

Truth
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Truth

As far as priority expenditures are concerned, this government is failing and if you look at support from donors it is clearly we are at the mercy of donors and we thank the donors for their support.

concerned citizen
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concerned citizen

Shame shame indeed. At 52 years of independence we are only allocating 25% of funding to the heath sector and spending billions on state residences, some of which are hardly used. Spend millions on large presidential convoys,.Budgeting on bunqouet halls etc when our medical institutions are crumbling. The heath of a nation, should be among the top priorities of a good government. Kamuzu built nice hospitals almost every district. Today, those hospitals are dilapidated. There is no maintenance. Basic supplies for patients like bedding, are not there. let alone medicines. Patients bring their own bedding. Mr minister, take an announced… Read more »

Nabetha
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Nabetha

THAT’S WHAT WE GET FOR BEING RULED BY GREEDY BUNCH OF SELFISH THIEVES!!

Shitholes Diarrhoea Progressive Party
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Bakili kutukwana. Bakili Buluzi munthu wowononga and I were Atupele I would change my surname. Working with dpp is the worst thing you have done. Wadya nawo K145 million ya Zameer.

Malawi
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Malawi

Malawi has been destroyed by 2 families. The Muluzis and Muntharikas. DPP and UDF should not have a place in Malawi. They need to go. Malawi is not poor. We cannot continue depending on donations. Rich countries have donated in Malawi but nothing has changed. The money goes into a baseless bucket channelled to politician pockets. There is money in Malawi. Politians who were poor are now billionaires and their wealth cannot be explained. There is no accountability. The President is aware of how corrupt the parastatals are abusing the finances and he opts to keep quiet that explain a… Read more »

Wase Gauteng
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Wase Gauteng

Isn’t this what everyone is crying about. Our ministers were Gucci suits while presiding over hospitals that can’t even afford a decent meal for their patients. Are you surprised? This country is a sham. Too many dishonest people in high places

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