The Health and Rights Education Programme (HREP) Malawi has asked the Malawi Government to reduce out of pocket expenditure in protecting the pro-poor in accessing health services.
The organisation’s executive director Maziko Matemba made the sentiments today at a press briefing in Blantyre on the sidelines of the 2022 International Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day which falls annually on December 12.
Matemba said while it is possible to meet the UHC by 2030, the Ministry of Health needs to improve on efficiency to maximize on the available resource envelope.
He said: “The Ministry of Health should make sure that the incoming revised Health Strategic Plan embraces UHC and primary health principles and priorities.”
Meanwhile, Matemba said HREP will continue to provide oversight and advocacy on Malawi’s commitments to meet the UHC targets by 2030, support mobilisation of resources in the attainment of the UHC agenda at national and global level and support mentoring advocates and interested groups on the UHC agenda.
The United Nations proclaimed December 12 as International UHC Day. The UHC is about ensuring that people have access to the healthcare they need without suffering financial hardships.
The theme for this year is ‘Build the World we want: A healthy future for all’.