Ministry of Health meets Truck drivers on COVID-19 Response  

The Ministry of Health is orienting members of the truck Drivers association of Malawi and Professional Drivers Association on COVID-19 infection prevention and control of transmission as one way of fighting the pandemic. The Ministry, through the Health Education Services, has lined up meetings with truck drivers in all the regions to provide a platform for detailed information on the disease and hear out the fears and rumours that are preventing some drivers from adhering to COVID-19 instituted prevention measures.

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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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The health care system

Health services in Malawi are provided by public, private for profit (PFP) and private not for profit (PNFP) sectors. The public sector includes all health facilities under the Ministry of Health (MOH), district, town and city councils, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Public Security (Police and Prisons) and the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining.

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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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Health in Mining

The population projections using the 2008 census data reinforce the importance of scaling up interventions to meet the family planning MDG targets. The Total Fertility Rate is expected to remain high and only fall slowly in the next five years if substantial investment is put into additional family planning services. The 2010 Dermographic and Health Survey report confirms the slow increase in contraceptive use. The projected percentage of women aged 15-49 years who will be using any form of contraceptive in 2015 it is anticipated to be 55%, while the MDG target for 2015 is 65% using modern methods.

The Malawi Reproductive Health Strategy (2010-2015) echoes this target of 65% for the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate. The 2010 DHS report further showed a significant unmet need for contraception, with 73% of women wanting to delay pregnancy or have no more children. Therefore there is need to increase the availability of family planning services to reach the 65% modern methods target (using the services of the MoH, the Christian Health Association in Malawi (CHAM) and Banja La Mtsogolo (BLM)).