Malawi Launches Health Sector Strategic Plan II
July 19, 2017
On July 18, 2017, the Government of Malawi launched the Health Sector Strategic Plan II Health Sector Strategic Plan II (HSSP II) 2017–2022, in Lilongwe. The HSSP II is the health sector’s medium-term strategic plan outlining objectives and strategies and guiding resources over a five-year period. HSSP II builds on the successes achieved under the previous plan, while addressing areas where targets were not met and progress was slow.
The HSSP II incorporates the Sustainable Development Goals (SGD) agenda and builds on the progress made toward the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) to reduce child mortality and combat HIV and other infectious diseases. The plan also focuses on reducing maternal mortality and increasing the number of births with skilled attendants at birth.
In his remarks during the launch, Dr Dan Namarika, Secretary for Health at the Ministry of Health, said the Government of Malawi is committed to ensuring that people in Malawi attain the highest possible level of health and quality of life.
“The launch of HSSP II today depicts the efforts of the government and development partners to move towards universal health coverage of quality, equitable, and affordable quality healthcare with the aim of improving health status, financial risk protection, and client satisfaction. The HSSP II will further improve the health outcomes through the revised essential health package (EHP) and health systems strengthening for efficient delivery of the EHP.”
The new plan includes strategies and targets for implementation by 2022. Among these are improving health service delivery through successful implementation of the EHP, improving human resources for health, and increasing health sector financial resources.
The Health Policy Plus (HP+) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, has been a key partner, providing technical support for the development of the HSSP II. The project contributed to training Ministry of Health staff on the OneHealth costing tool—a comprehensive tool for costing national health strategies—and supported its application to the HSSP II development. HP+ also supported the process of developing a costing chapter in the HSSP II, provided continuous technical reviews and analyses during different development phases of the strategic plan, and will continue to provide technical support for implementation of the strategy.