Advancing Malawi’s Health Workforce

Activity

Increase Health Workforce Performance and Productivity

Increase Health Workforce Performance and Productivity

Increase Number, Skill Mix, and Competency of the Health Workforce

Increase Number, Skill Mix, and Competency of the Health Workforce

Build Sustainability of Investment in the Health Workforce

Build Sustainability of Investment in the Health Workforce

Advancing Malawi’s Health Workforce

The Malawi Ministry of Health is committed to implementing proven strategies to curb the HIV/AIDS epidemic, such as rolling out Test and Start and adopting the 90-90-90 objectives for epidemic control. However, an acute shortage of critical health workers is a major constraint to the achievement of these objectives. With only 28 nurses and two physicians per 100,000 population, Malawi is among the 57 countries with a crisis in human resources for health (HRH). Extreme resource constraints further aggravate the situation, making the Malawian health system fragile and in need of support to achieve established health and HIV/AIDS goals.

 

HRH2030 in Malawi

 

With support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), HRH2030 works in Malawi to address central-level systems bottlenecks that impede effective HRH planning, forecasting, training, recruitment, deployment, retention, and data generation and use. Through the Malawi activity, the program also enhances the Ministry of Health’s workforce through salary support to the Ministry to recruit and deploy additional frontline health workers at PEPFAR priority service delivery points.

 

The primary objectives of HRH2030 in Malawi are to:

  • Provide ongoing technical assistance for critical HRH strategic planning processes to the Ministry of Health Human Resources Department to strengthen evidence-based planning and management, including enhanced data use for HRH
  • Support recruitment, deployment, and management of health workers and salary payments on behalf of the Ministry of Health for USAID-supported workers in selected PEPFAR priority sites to address health workforce shortages impeding HIV/AIDS service delivery

Funding Partner:
USAID/Malawi
PEPFAR

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Project Director:
Dr. Grace Namaganda

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Implementing Partners:
Chemonics

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Duration:
2016 – 2020

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Countries Impacted:
Malawi

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Status:
Ongoing