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Health

Last updated: 08.10.2014 // Information about Norwegian Development Cooperation in Malawi focusing on Health & HIV/AIDS.

2013: NOK 222 million ≈ USD 37 million (USD 1 ≈ NOK 6)

The objectives of Norway’s contribution to Malawi’s health sector are to improve child, maternal and reproductive health and rights, as well as training of health personnel. Based on the Joint Financing Agreement for the health sector SWAp (Sector Wide Approach), Norway together with Flanders is providing funding to health facilities and districts. Norway supports BLM (Banja La Mtsogolo Programme of Work) and their work with adolescents and reproductive health rights. Norway contributes to education of medical doctors, specialist doctors, midwives, nurses and other health personnel through the College of Medicine, Norwegian Church Aid, and the Clinton Health Access Initiative. This support has contributed to an increase of health professionals in Malawi, and also helped to reduce health worker migration to other countries. Together with Germany, Norway supports an initiative in four districts with results-based financing for mother and neonatal health, which will be followed by an impact assessment.

2013 was a year where Norway had additional funding available for health. With the use of this funding, Norway through Unicef, in 2013 and 2014 contributed to a stable supply of essential medicines and vaccines to hospitals and health centres in Malawi, and supported UNV-doctors through UNDP.

Results example (source: Norad)

An evaluation of Malawi’s five-year work plan in the health sector revealed that the availability of health workers increased. The number of nurses with midwife skills increased from 68 to 93 percent in five years and the same period showed an increase from four to 13 percent in health centres with a minimum number of qualified personnel. Another area of progress is the amount of registered health students in Malawi, which increased from 175 to 415 in a nine-year period. This increase is in part attributable to a stipend programme for training of Malawian specialists, and a wage-increase as a bonus for those that return to work in Malawi after completed training.


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