The United States government has pledged to provide salary support for 462 Malawian health workers.
The targeted healthcare workers will be those that are deployed in facilities located in the districts of Lilongwe, Zomba and Blantyre districts. The facilities are those that are highly impacted by the high number of HIV patients.
Ministry of Health officials have confirmed of the assistance, saying Malawian government requested the support from U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)..
The targeted healthcare workers will include Nurse Midwife Technicians, Medical Assistants, Pharmacy Assistants, Lab Technicians, and Clinical Technicians who will provide critical HIV/AIDS and other life-saving services to hundreds of thousands of Malawians.
To date, 325 of these healthcare workers have been recruited and deployed with the remainder expected to be deployed by December 31, 2017.
Malawi experience high levels of vacancies especially in the education and health sector where despite the country producing more teachers and nurses, government has been failing to offer them jobs.