UK Aid Freeze to Affect Malawi Health Sector, NGOs Say

A hospital in Malawi. Malawi's health sector could be hard-hit by the United Kingdom's decision to freeze new aid commitments to the country. Photo by: Ciaran Bohane / CC BY-NC-SA

Local non-governmental organizations say Malawi’s health sector could be hit hard by the United Kingdom’s decision to freeze new aid commitments to the African country.

“We have already started feeling the pinch,” IRIN News quotes Martha Kwataine, a policy analyst of the Malawi Health Equity Network, an alliance of groups and individuals focused on promoting quality and equity in health services in the country. “There is going to be a regression in the progress we have made with [the Department for International Development] in improving health services in the country.”

Kwataine said a major challenge would be purchasing medicines, which, according to her, local groups have no means of purchasing on their own.

The United Kingdom announced May 20 that it was suspending new aid commitments to Malawi pending a review of its relations with the African country in the wake of a diplomatic dispute in April.

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