Malawi is in desperate need of trained health professionals in order to improve the quality of healthcare and also to educate communities on how to remain healthy. Of the over 42,000 openings in the public health sector in the country, only 45 percent of those roles are filled, according to the government. For key frontline clinical staff positions, such as medical officers, clinical officers, and nurse midwife technicians, this number is even lower. Only 33 percent of those roles are filled.
Despite the immense need for health workers in Malawi and efforts in the country by educational institutes and nongovernmental organizations to train more health professionals across the country, the government has been slow to absorb new graduates.
The government says this is because of budgetary restrictions and efforts to reform its recruitment process. The International Monetary Fund has also been steadfast in encouraging the government to curb public spending.
In Malawi, there are .019 physicians and .283 nurses and midwives for every 1,000 people in the country, according to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The World Health Organization’s standard is 2.5 physicians per 1,000.
Read the full article on health professionals in Malawi by Sara Jerving at Devex International Development
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