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Delivery of primary health care in Malawi

Martha T. Makwero
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 10, No 1 | a1799 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v10i1.1799 | © 2018 Martha Thokozani Makwero | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 March 2018 | Published: 21 June 2018


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Abstract

Malawi is a landlocked country with a population of 17 million. The delivery of the health care system is based on primary health care (PHC). The PHC structures are acceptable; however, the system is marked by maldistribution of resources, fragmentation of services and shortage of staff. This hampers the function of the set, well-meaning PHC frameworks. Family medicine offers training and retention of the PHC and rural workforce, harnessing clinical governance and capacity building. Family medicine’s role extends to involve advocacy for the PHC to improve its performance.

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primary health care; structure; patient care; family medicine

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