Malawi’s doctor-to-patient ratio shocks the world! UK contributing to the mess

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ActionAid International has revealed that there are only 300 doctors currently working in the whole of Malawi, a country of about 18 million people. According to the organisation, the United Kingdom (UK) has helped to worsening the situation.

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Left to die by colonial Britain? Malawi has 300 doctors for 18 million people

The damming revelations make Malawi one of the few countries in the world with the one of the largest doctor to patient ratio. As population statistics estimating the country to have about 18 million people, one medical doctor is expected to save almost 60,000 souls.

“Malawi is under a strong grip of a healthcare crisis. There are only around 300 doctors in the entire country” ActionAid Tax Justice Policy Adviser, Anders Dahlbeck, made the shocking revelations.

According to ActionAid, this is causing the country to register one of the world’s highest mortality rates.

The organization also revealed that Malawi has least number of doctors in the world mainly because “healthcare is so underfunded” particularly because companies especially those from Britain and other Western countries that are operating in Malawi are increasingly avoiding to pay corporate tax.

ActionAid says the companies are using a colonial treaty that Britain signed with its colonial administrators in 1955 that gave UK companies a tax break for eternity. The White Supremacist treaty has remained in place to this day despite Malawi gaining independence in 1964 which made most of colonial engagements in the country redundant.

“If companies paid their fair share of tax, investment in public services could be increased so that women and girls no longer pay the price” ActionAid, concerned about the current situation, said in a petition calling on the British government to scrap off the colonial treaty.

To demand an end to these colonial tax, sign the petition by clicking here or following this link: https://www.actionaid.org.uk/campaign/take-action-to-make-tax-fair-everywhere

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  1. Tell malawians the reality on ground pls.we expect u to tell us who covers that burden.a district hospital may have one medical doctor but can he or she be the one seeing all the pts in that particular district??? Tell us about clinical officers as well

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    9 February 2016 Last updated at: 12:29 AM
    Malawi’s doctor-to-patient ratio shocks the world! UK contributing to the mess
    Kondwani Mkhalipi-Manyungwa

    ActionAid International has revealed that there are only 300 doctors currently working in the whole of Malawi, a country of about 18 million people. According to the organisation, the United Kingdom (UK) has helped to worsening the situation.
    Malawi Hospitals
    Left to die by colonial Britain? Malawi has 300 doctors for 18 million people
    The damming revelations make Malawi one of the few countries in the world with the one of the largest doctor to patient ratio. As population statistics estimating the country to have about 18 million people, one medical doctor is expected to save almost 60,000 souls.
    “Malawi is under a strong grip of a healthcare crisis. There are only around 300 doctors in the entire country” ActionAid Tax Justice Policy Adviser, Anders Dahlbeck, made the shocking revelations.
    According to ActionAid, this is causing the country to register one of the world’s highest mortality rates.
    The organization also revealed that Malawi has least number of doctors in the world mainly because “healthcare is so underfunded” particularly because companies especially those from Britain and other Western countries that are operating in Malawi are increasingly avoiding to pay corporate tax.
    ActionAid says the companies are using a colonial treaty that Britain signed with its colonial administrators in 1955 that gave UK companies a tax break for eternity. The White Supremacist treaty has remained in place to this day despite Malawi gaining independence in 1964 which made most of colonial engagements in the country redundant.
    “If companies paid their fair share of tax, investment in public services could be increased so that women and girls no longer pay the price” ActionAid, concerned about the current situation, said in a petition calling on the British government to scrap off the colonial treaty.
    To demand an end to these colonial tax, sign the petition by clicking here or following this link: https://www.actionaid.org.uk/campaign/take-action-to-make-tax-fair-everywhere

  3. Zonvesa chison kut the clinicians are not counted for yet they are these ones who treat the patients and perform various surgical procedures while the Doctors are playing zuma in the offices
    and ndalama nkumangolowa ku account for a workshop they didn’t attend. How many of you here went to the hospital and were treated by a Dr?

    • internationally clinical officers. medical assistants are not recognized. doctor nde dhilu. olo mukhalepo ratio 1:1 ndi patient. mukhale ndi skill. sadzakuwerenganibe. pitani mukapange upgrade

  4. Why ma doctors akamaliza sakulembedwa ntchito while there is a shortfall,iwowo akadwala amapita zipatala outside the country,kulakwira ife ovutikafe

  5. Those stats don’t take into consideration the clinical officers, who are a lot in number and are responsible fir treating most of the patients and doing minor and moderate surgeries. If we add these clinicians the situation is not that bad

    • Clinicians are the ones providing care to patients what is of benefit train people and stay in office doing managerial work hahaha

  6. We dnt mind abt that thoz r jst qualified doctors bt we dnt depend on thoz doctors our trust we put in African doctors no wonder that figure is jst a quarter ndi asing’anga omwe tilinawo omwe amapereka makhwala olodzerana, ufiti, kutsirika most of all otayira mimba mwachangu

  7. My fellow malawian, nt all what these whites people can say its tangible,others they just want to fish in mudy waters.we have the responsibilty to make our nation nice place to live.

  8. If the govt can not employ them later on pay those who are in service what do you expect ??? Just last month intern doctors were removed from payroll only to be told they will be on upkeep allowance of MK50,000 per month
    What else do you expect ?????
    #cryformybelovedMalawi

  9. If not in workshops, then in countries where they are paid what they deserve. That’s not patriotic but when corruption creeps in from above, you can either join it or run somewhere where your services are given reward. Who can blame them?

  10. Seriously, Malawi is on the Blink of Demise. There is nothing worth cheering for coming out of Malawi. Seems failure has become endemic and there is nothing the government can do about it. Its high time we set our priorities………….Seeems to be going to the negative side of the number line while every one is going on the positive.

  11. Just 2 weeks ago, I posted on fb about what I observed at Kamuzu Central Hospital when we went to collect the remains of a friend. We were there for about 90 minutes but I counted 9 bodies from wards to the morgue. This is a worrisome rate. As if there is a deadly outbreak. This is why I say nobody cares. Can anyone remember if we ever had a drug shortage problem during Kamuzu era? If a Dictator was able to provide that without checks and balances, why not you the self proclaimed Democrats?

  12. Yes I totally aggree with Action Aid’s findings I have several friends who are currently working in UK’s Hospitals they say they are looking for more treasure

  13. Live UK out of this please,has nothing to do with our doctors only that they just create room of job opportunities with green pastures for the doctors, since Malawi provides its doc with gray pastures they have to rash for the green. Malawi your problem is you are good at planning not emplimentin, but we need not to worry coz they just treat and God heals

  14. nde awa akumaminula ku COM wa akumapanga graduate akumaduwa buaj*i think report limenero liri ndi ma anormalities…akanapanga specify coz doctor its general…zausilu bax kungofuna kuyalutsa malawi…SHIT

  15. Don’t use the British companies failure to pay tax as a scapegoat. Simply put, all our multiparty governments are unpatriotic. They just dont care about the common man. With the current tax the Government collects, I don’t see the health sector suffering if only the government does not set its priorities upside down. The problem here is corruption and myopic governance. How can the whole government fail to employ nurses trained by itself? Didn’t they make a proper plan for the whole thing? Should countries like Lesotho be benefitting from the nurses trained by Malawi government? Really? Even if the British Companies paid corporate tax , what guarantee do we have the taxes will be put to proper use?

  16. Action Aid must not feign shock. It’s been in Malawi for a long time to know that. If Action Aid wants to pull a fast one on its donors, it must just do that otherwise Kamuzu Banda saw this way back and decided to establish the College of Medicine (CoM). Malawians do realise how NGOs are screwing donors in their name.

    • Thats it Alfred. Since the Kamuzu era, how many referral hospitals have been built? How come we never experienced drug shortages during Kamuzu tenure?

  17. The doctors you are saying are busy with workshops they don’t attend patients anymore.to hell with them,stupid