CHAM orients newly recruited HCWs in PEPFAR-HRH programme
8th September, 2017
From 6th to 8th September, 2017 CHAM organized a second orientation session at Hippo View Lodge in Liwonde for 62 newly recruited Health Care Workers (HCWs) for Lilongwe and Zomba districts.
The President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided financial support for the recruitment of additional health care workers in government and CHAM facilities to improve the delivery of health and HIV/AIDS services.
The first session, held in July at Malawi Sun Hotel, targeted 162 HCWs recruited for CHAM and government facilities in Blantyre district.
The orientation sessions aimed at informing newly-recruited HCWs on their roles and responsibilities, the ethical codes of practice, terms and conditions and their management including supervision and reporting lines.
Speaking at the orientation session in Blantyre, Director for Human Resources Management and Development in the Ministry of Health (MoH) Mr. H.R. Chimota congratulated the new recruits and encouraged active participation and discussion.
He said: “Let me congratulate you the course participants, for being the successful candidates on the recent interviews conducted at Mlambe Mission Hospital and making the wise decision to attend this workshop.”
“This induction course, has been professionally designed to enable you participants proactively cope with the pressures of work and an ever-changing environment,” he added.
In recent years, various sectors of society have expressed concern over professional misconduct by HCWs including misuse of office resources, misuse and selling of drugs, absenteeism, poor dressing, bad attitude, and abusive behaviour.
Alluding to that, Mr. H.R. Chimota said: “In the past, the Malawi Public Service/CHAM was recognised, and respected, world-wide, for its high standards of integrity, efficiency and effectiveness. This is no longer the case.”
“I am now challenging you that on completion of this course go back to your organizations and perform to very high standards. Let us be patriotic to our country, not only as employees but as citizens as well,” he said.
Speaking at the orientation session in Liwonde, guest of honour Bishop Malasa expressed his gratitude to PEPFAR for the financial and technical support.
“As CHAM we are grateful to PEPFAR who through USAID and HRH 2030 are collaborating with the both CHAM and the Ministry of Health to provide financial and technical support to ensure we have additional health care workers to serve the nation,” he said.
Adding to that he highlighted the background of human resources for health in Malawi and why the program is necessary for the country.
“It is no secret that in Malawi, declining human resource levels have fuelled an accelerating collapse of public health services since the late 1990s and there have been a number of initiatives to improve on the situation. To improve on this, development partners agreed to help the government. Today, we stand here as testament to this desire to continue to help our nation improve human resources for health,” he said.
The program intends to recruit these HCWs for a period of three years afterwhich the government of Malawi has committed to absorb 50%of HCWs by 2019 and another 50% by 2020. HRH2030 and CHAM will work with districts, MOH, DHRMD on the transition.
The cadres that have been recruited in the whole programme include Nurse Midwife Technicians, Medical Assistants, Laboratory Technician, Clinical Technicians, Laboratory Technologist and Pharmacy Assistants.