DEDZA (Linda Moyo, Mana) –Government, with financial assistance from German and Norwegian governments, over the weekend launched Results Based Financing (RBF) Programme dubbed Uchembere Wangwiro at Lobi Health Centre in tradition authority Kachere in Dedza district.
The programme is aimed at encouraging pregnant women to deliver at health facilities.
Ministry of Health Technical Advisor Dr. George Nga Ntafu stressed the importance of women delivering at a health facility saying it helps prevent deaths that occur during delivery.
“As an official from the ministry of health I would like to commend the Germany and Norwegian governments for giving money to RBF to implement this multi-million kwacha programme here in Malawi,” said Ntafu.
He said most women do not manage to go and deliver at the hospital because they lack transport money and food to eat while waiting at the hospital.
Ntafu said Results Based Financing would cater for all the cost for a woman who has delivered at a health facility.
In his remarks Inkosi Yamakosi Gomani V said he was proud that the coming in of Uchembere Wangwiro programme has increased number of women going to deliver at health facilities thereby reducing maternal deaths in the country.
Said Gomani: “As we know that the country has had high maternal mortality rate as many women used to go and deliver at traditional birth attendants; so the coming of the programme will help to reduce some of these problems in the country.”
RBF is implementing Uchembere Wangwiro programme in four districts of Ntcheu, Balaka, Mchinji and Dedza.
Apart from giving money to women who deliver at a health facility the programme is also building waiting shelters for pregnant women in some of the hospitals in the four districts and providing equipment such as beds matrasses but also training the medical practitioners to provide quality care to the women.