World Vision Malawi says malaria remains a threat, call for more funding 

World Vision Malawi (WVM) has called for more funding towards the malaria fight as the disease remains the major cause of death among under-five children and pregnant women in the country.

Nyathi: Malaria is a burden on the economy

Malaria accounts for 40 percent of all admissions in the country’s health facilities while 30 percent are being treated as outpatients

WVM national director, Hazel Nyathi said during the 2017 Semi Annual Learning Event (SALE) at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe that her organisation is  working with government to fight malaria in the country..

“We are calling for the more funding towards fight against malaria because current behavior change funding is not enough,” said Ms Nyathi.

Nyathi said malaria is having a negative impact on the country’s economy as people are spending time caring for patients instead of engaging in economic activities.

“Look how many people fail to come for work because they are sick, how many people are dying due to nalaria, this affects the economy, that is why we are calling for more funding towards the fight against the disease,” she said.

Recently Malawi received US$460 Global Fund for a two year period starting from 2018-2020, of which US$300 million was allocated to be utilized for HIV interventions.

This represents the biggest per cent out of the whole grant which includes funds aimed at supporting the delivery of TB and Malaria national response.

The allocation is expected to aid the country’s target of reducing new infections towards the elimination of HIV transmission by 2030 and reducing the morbidity and mortality related to HIV, TB and Malaria.

Global Fund has approved US$460, 475, 140. 00 which will be directed at different interventions to be implemented by government through the Ministry of Health  as principal recipients while Action Aid Malawi and World Vision are primary recipients responsible for the non-biomedical component of the grant.

The Annual Event brought together participants from Area Programmes (AP) in which World Vison Malawi is operating throughout the country and they showcased their displays.

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