Malawi: MPs Shocked With Ncds Gravity Amidst Shortage in Funding

Members of Parliament (MPs) sitting on Parliamentary Committee on Health and Budget and Finance Committee on Wednesday could not help, but simply confess that Malawi is not doing well on the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

The lawmakers made the confession in reaction to the presentation NCD Alliance Chairperson Maud Mwakasungula made during an interface meeting with people living with NCDs and legislators on strengthening NCD financing and budget allocations.

NCDs are the leading cause of death globally, with the majority being cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, or diabetes.

However, the Government of Malawi has, over the years, failed to give priority to the sector, with this year receiving a meagre K700 million allocation.

Mwakasungula emphasized that financing NCDs is vital as it is cross-cutting into all of the sectors of Malawi from agriculture, health, transport, food security and all other sectors.

“This is why donors in Malawi need to put NCD financing a top priority, including supporting development of an NCDs investment case. We have seen persistent stock-outs of NCD drugs and a lack of dialysis machines in public hospitals in the country, which has always been a concern,” she added.

She said this is why the alliance decided to conduct a meeting to build a platform for dialogue on transforming NCD financing as a critical part of achieving sustainable development goals.