Malawi Health Equity Network, Lilongwe, Malawi
Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN), which was formed in 2000, is an independent alliance of organizations and individuals promoting equity and quality in health for all people in Malawi. The current membership is about 50 organizations, associations, coalitions, training institutions and health professionals.
MHEN works to improve the distribution, quality and access to health services throughout Malawi. MHEN seeks to accomplish this by influencing government policy and practice, as well as activities of donors and civil society through advocacy, networking, research, information dissemination and budget monitoring. Its mission is to advocate and lobby for the health policies and systems that promote the delivery of equitable and quality health care services by influencing policy and practice through research, monitoring and evaluation.
Links to the health workforce crisis
MHEN's vision is that all people in Malawi have access to equitable, quality, affordable and responsive essential health care services. A round table discussion called the National Health Forum was organized in 2007. The discussion aimed at priding a forum to reflect on the health service delivery in Malawi. Critical to the discussion were factors determining accessibility in the provision of health services. The shortage of health workers in Malawi is critical and needs an urgent and holistic approach. Whilst monetary incentives are important, there is need to consider non-monetary incentives in the remote areas such as good housing, water and electricity, among others. Preventive health has not been given the due attention that it deserves.
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