The Ministry has been implementing the following activities in the 2013/2014 financial year:

1. Implemented preventive and health promotional programmes on TB, Malaria, bilhazia control, immunization campaigns for diseases such as polio, measles, tetanus and pneumonia.

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The Family Planning programme

The national FP programme of the RHD seeks to reduce unmet need for family planning services, unintended pregnancies as well as socio-economic disparities in contraceptive use through provision of voluntary comprehensive family planning services at all levels to all men, women and young people of reproductive age. Its objective is to strengthen availability, access to and utilization of family planning services at health facility and community levels.

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 Major Challenges

1. The control of a number of diseases such as Malaria still poses a big threat to health and lack of resources for indoor residual spraying and environmental control in high prevalence areas contributes to continuing health problems impacting on families, communities and the economy. 

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Providers of Health Care

The major providers of health care services in Malawi are the Ministry of Health, Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. 

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Support for fight against TB in Mining

The World Bank is supporting the Regional TB in mining Project (part of the Africa Regional Communicable Disease Control and Preparedness Program), which aims at controlling and or eliminating priority communicable diseases on the continent. Malawi is one of the four participating countries in the project. The overarching goal of the project is to increase utilization of key TB control and occupational lung diseases services in Malawi and strengthen the sub-region’s capacity to address such conditions.

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Providers of Health Care

The major providers of health care services in Malawi are the Ministry of Health, Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. 

There are 987 health facilities in the country of which 602 are owned by the Government, 154 by CHAM and 211 by the private sector; the rest (201) being owned by Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), statutory organizations and companies.

Health Sector Strategic Plan(HSSP) 

The Malawi Health Sector Strategic Plan outlines the Health  Sectors  key strategies  of interventions in the areas of human resource development, ensuring availability of drugs, medical supplies and essential basic health equipment, health financing and health infrastructural development.  The Ministry coordinates implementation of the  key strategies of the HSSP.

Ministry Headquarters

The Ministry Headquarters  is responsible for developing, reviewing and enforcing health and related policies for the health sector; spearheading sector reforms; developing and reviewing standards, norms and management protocols for service delivery and ensuring that these are communicated to lower level institutions; planning and mobilizing health resources for the health sector including allocation and management; advising other ministries, departments and agencies on health related issues; providing technical support for supervision; coordinating research; and monitoring and evaluation.

Central Hospitals

The Central Hospitals are responsible for  delivery of  tertiary and specialised health services. They are  five Central Hospitals, these are:  Kamuzu Central Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Zomba Central, Mzuzu Central Hospital and Zomba Mental Hospital.


District Health Offices

The District Health Offices  are responsible for delivery of  primary and secondary  health care services. The District Health Offices manage the district health system which comprise of District Hospitals, Community Hospitals and Health Centres. They also coordinate and supervise the activities of NGOs and Private Health care providers. The District Health Offices are under the direct control  of the District Commissioner as provided by the Local Government Act. In total there are 29 District Health Offices.


The Ministry of Health has a complement of 29,357 employees.  The Ministry is however facing serious staff shortages in all its health facilities. The Ministry has embarked on a review of its staff establishment.