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Ministry of Health

About Us

Towards Universal Health Coverage

The goal of the Third Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP III) is to move towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by improving health status, financial risk protection and client satisfaction. It is recognized, however, that resources for health care delivery are inadequate. The HSSP III has, therefore, defined a Health Benefits Package (HBP), previously referred to as Essential Health Package (EHP) in previous Health Sector Strategic Plans, to maximize population health given the limited available resources


A state of health for all the people of Malawi that would enable them to lead a quality and productive life.


To provide strategic leadership for the delivery of a comprehensive range of quality, accessible, and efficient health services to all Malawians through the creation and sustenance of a strong health system.


To improve health status of all Malawians and increase client satisfaction and financial risk protection towards attainment of Universal Health Coverage

The Ministry of Health HQ

The mandate of the Ministry of Health Headquarters (HQ) is to set the agenda for health in Malawi in collaboration with stakeholders. The Minister of Health provides Government’s Policy directions on health matters. The Secretary for Health is responsible for the overall functioning of the health sector supported by health professionals, technical, administrative, financial, human resource, procurement and other expert staff.

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


Directorates in Ministry of Health

Ministry executes these functions through its fourteen directorates, these are:

  1. Directorate of Administration
  2. Directorate of Finance
  3. Directorate of Human Resources 
  4. Directorate of Clinical Services 
  5. Directorate of Nursing & Midwifery Services
  6. Directorate of Preventive Health Services 
  7. National Public Health Institute of Malawi
  8. Directorate of Health Technical Support Services (HTTS)
  9. Directorate of Planning & Policy Development (P&PD)
  10. Directorate of Health Research 
  11. Directorate of Reproductive Health 
  12. Directorate of Safe Motherhood
  13. Directorate of Nutrition
  14. Quality Management Directorate