The Maternal and Newborn Health Coalition Partners are gearing up for the MamaYe Health Budget Advocacy National Accountability Meeting to be held in Lilongwe in August.
Stakeholders and a network of CSOs including opposition political parties call on Government to consider revising upward the Health Sector Budget allocation.
Parliament started meeting in Lilongwe on Friday for a 2016/2017 budget meeting with little word of hope from President Peter Mutharika on the improvement of survival of mothers and babies in the country.
“As ministry of health, we call upon people of Malawi, stakeholders and partners to start valuing the nurses and midwives. We are who we are because of nurses and midwives. They are our angels on earth”, says Ministry of Health spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe.
The Mzimba district council has unanimously reached the resolution that using the Health Budget Advocacy (HBA) Transparency Scorecard is the only way possible to improve efficiency, transparency and accountability in the health budget sector formulation, disbursement and implementation.
HBA Transparency Scorecard will improve budget efficiency, accountability- Nkhata Bay district commissioner
“What we have learnt today is a very important tool in the budget formulation, disbursement and implementation. This HBA Transparency Scorecard will make us work hard while striving to deliver positive results in the way we handle the health sector budget and of course other sector budgets”
After successfully trained the Rumphi district council and other stakeholders on the use of Health Budget Advocacy (HBA) transparency scorecard, MamaYe Malawi is taking the similar training to Nkhata Bay and Mzimba district councils.
“We want to reach out to as many villages as possible. We are hearing many girls are dropping out of school in senior Chief Mkanda area. We are going there soon. We want to stop early marriages. We want girls to remain in school so as to avoid maternal deaths,” said Clement Mwakhwawa, patron for Pitala MamaYe School Club
“This made us people of Khoswe village to be a model village in blood donation. No other village here in Traditional Authority Msamala had ever beaten us in blood donation. We are pacesetters in blood donation here in Balaka,” said group village headman Khoswe.