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Africa: Health Professions

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what monitoring programmes were put in place to assess the effects of the Emergency Human Resources Programme launched in Malawi in 2004; and what evaluation has been made of the programme. (213271)

The Malawi Ministry of Health assesses progress against its health plans twice yearly, and the Department for International Development (DFID) draws on this information when conducting its own annual assessment of impact. In addition, an independent mid-term review of the six-year Malawi health plan reported in September 2007 and identified the need for further strengthening of monitoring and evaluation systems of human resources in the Ministry of Health.

An evaluation of the Emergency Human Resources Programme is to be conducted and the design of the study is under way.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had on (a) the continuation of the Emergency Human Resources Programme in Malawi and (b) the possible extension of the programme to other countries. (213273)

The Emergency Human Resources Programme is a government of Malawi programme that the Department for International Development (DFID) will support until at least 2011. DFID uses a variety of opportunities in country, and through visits, to discuss progress of the programme. It is too early for discussions about extending support beyond 2011, but any future extension will be the government of Malawi's decision.

DFID's approach in all the countries it works, subject to availability of funding and capacity of partner governments, is to support country plans. DFID has no plans to extend Malawi's solution to other countries, but is working with each partner government to respond to their own health worker crisis while learning the lessons from elsewhere.