Graca Machel Trust Workshop - September 2017

On Tuesday, 26 September 2017, MaiKhanda Trust through the Graca Machel Trust project coordinated a one day workshop at Golden Peacock in Lilongwe. The objective of the workshop was to discuss the priority areas Malawi wants to achieve in the next five years under the following 3 key areas;

  1. The implementation of the SDGs and Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) agenda
  2. Domestication of the SDGs and advancement of the post 2015 RMNCAH+N agenda
  3. The RMNCAH continuum of care per the guidance provided by the global strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health

The workshop also served as a platform to further discuss how as a country we can achieve the above three key areas under the four arms of Health Infrastructure, Health Financing, Social Accountability and Nutrition.

The Graca Machel Trust has been working to strengthen advocacy and communications efforts around the SDGs domestication process with an aim to specifically promote the post 2015 RMNCAH and Nutrition agenda.

In Malawi, the Graca Machel project has narrowed down activities to the following 3 themes;

  • Build and expand better infrastructure for RMNCAH+N service delivery
  • Increase financing for health with a focus on higher domestic resources for RMNCAH+N
  • Strengthen social accountability mechanisms to track progress made on achieving the SDGs and the post 2015 RMNCAH and Nutrition target.

Among the participants were Ministry of Health Director, UNICEF Chief of Health, Deputy Director for Reproductive Health Directorate, Executive Directors for Maikhanda and MHEN, Health Financing Manager for CHAI, CSONA National Coordinator and a representative from UNFPA, Graca Machel project civil society Champion and Youth Advocates  who all made presentations on the bottlenecks and priority areas that need to be tackled going forward in their respective fields of expertise. The information shared will help in developing a strategy that will help to identify and priortise the optimal combination of interventions and system strengthening for Malawi to achieve the post 2015 SDGs and RMNCAH+N targets.

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