German Ambassador meets with Traditional Leaders to discuss maternal and neonatal health

German Ambassador meets with Traditional Leaders to discuss maternal and neonatal health Enlarge image German Ambassador meets with Traditional Leaders to discuss maternal and neonatal health (© KfW Lilongwe)

German Ambassador to Malawi, Jürgen Borsch, on Tuesday met the Advocacy Team of the Results-based financing for Maternal and Neonatal Health (RBF4MNH) programme, led by Paramount Chief Inkosi Ya Makhosi Gomani V, and representatives from the Ministry of Health and Population. The Advocacy Team presented a joint statement to the Ambassador outlining the positive experience with the programme that the traditional leaders witnessed in their communities such as increased space for waiting mothers at hospitals, improved attendance to antenatal visits, more patient friendly health services due to feedback mechanisms and improved motivation of staff. All participants agreed that the good experiences and impact of the pilot programme, that is funded by Germany and Norway in four districts and coming to an end in 2017, should be thoroughly analyzed and that elements of results-based financing should be integrated into the health system nationwide where possible. As soon as the results of the respective study are available the way forward will be agreed between the Government of Malawi, the advocacy team and development partners in order to ensure a maximum benefit of the existing resources to improve maternal and neonatal health in Malawi.