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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Africa Eastern and Southern (AFE) | Malawi
2021-06-29T17:37:31Z | 2021-06-29T17:37:31Z | 2021-04-01

Over the past two decades, Malawi has made remarkable progress in improving maternal and child health, as well as nutrition outcomes. The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic can reverse the gains in the health sector in Malawi. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Malawi needs to improve the efficiency of its current spending in the health sector while at the same time strengthening key institutions so that service delivery improves. Structuring spending to support the most vulnerable and improve human capital outcomes more broadly is also important. To support these efforts, the World Bank recently completed a public expenditure review that seeks to identify bottlenecks and solutions in order to improve expenditure on human capital. This policy brief draws on the health module of this review highlighting key gaps, and outlining the measures required to improve financing and health service delivery in Malawi.

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