Malawi: Health Sector Strengthening Site Visit

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A project team site visit to the Mbwatalika Health Centre in Malawi took place at the end of January to review EUR 300,000 worth of infrastructure and improvement works being carried out as part of the KfW-funded project “Strengthening Public Private Partnership (SPPP) within the Health Sector”.

The Mbwatalika Health Centre, owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church and located in the central region of Malawi, has been servicing a catchment population of almost 17,000 people since 1991. The Health Centre is undergoing renovations that include construction of a new maternity building, supply of Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (BEmONC) equipment, improvement of other clinical buildings, a new staff house and rehabilitation of all other structures. Additional work includes a new borehole along with a water tank and a solar pump, a new septic tank, placenta pit, incinerator and pit latrines.

A heavy rainstorm in early January completely destroyed the roofs of existing staff houses and other buildings,  requiring additional immediate repair work to ensure that the staff houses and maternity/ OPD are fully functional.

In the framework of financial cooperation between the Republic of Malawi and Germany, the German Government committed a financial contribution of EUR 6.8 Million as part of the SPPP project within the health sector. Selected health units of the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) are being supported through the provision of infrastructure, medical equipment and operational management support measures to 12 health centres and 3 community hospitals.

The SPPP project is managed by EPOS in partnership with GOPA and Mediconsult as Project Management Consultant, implemented by CHAM, supervised by the Ministry of Health and financed by KfW on behalf of the German Government.

Photos: Top - Dr. Mwai Makoka, CHAM Executive Director, and Susanne Wessel-Ellermann, EPOS Deputy Managing Director, Head of Health Facilities and Services, in front of the new maternity after ring beam casting. Bottom - Kennedy Manyozo, Deputy Team Leader; Dr. Mwai Makoka, CHAM Executive Director; and the project foreman measuring the door frame in one of the staff houses that are being rehabilitated.