WOCACA launches national advocacy program for people living with NCDs in Malawi – Malawi Nyasa Times

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The Women’s Coalition Against Cancer (WOCACA) – a grassroots organization set up to fight cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Malawi – launched the first-ever national advocacy program for people living with NCDs on Tuesday. in Malawi.

The launch, which took place at the Simama Hotel in Lilongwe, drew participants from the Ministry of Health, Universal Health Coverage Coalition (UHCC), Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN) and people living on their own with NTMs.

Stakeholders showcase the newly launched National Advocacy Program for People Living with NCDs in Malawi – Photo by Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times

Speaking to reporters after the launch of the document, NCD Alliance (Malawi Chapter) member Samuel Kumwanje called for collaboration between government and non-state actors in the fight against NCDs in the country. .

Kumwanje said success in tackling NCDs depends on both government and other stakeholders.

He, however, lamented the persistent stock-outs of NCD drugs in public hospitals, saying this negatively affects the health of people living with non-communicable diseases.

Participants at the launch of the National Advocacy Agenda for People Living with NCDs in Malawi posing for a photo after the ceremony–Photo by Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times

Kumwanje challenged the government to address drug shortages that have rocked hospitals across the country.

“Having enough drugs in hospitals can be essential in the fight against NCDs,” he said, adding that non-state actors must also play their part in reminding the government, through the Ministry of Health , drug shortages in public health facilities. .

“Government and non-state actors must come together to ensure that public and private health facilities have sufficient medical facilities used in the fight against NCDs,” Kumwanje said.

A senior government official who attended the ceremony described the launch of the NCD advocacy document as a milestone in the fight against non-communicable diseases in Malawi.

He pledged government support for the implementation of the contents of the document.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of WOCACA and Vice-Chair of the Malawi NCD Alliance, Maud Mwakasungula commended stakeholders for their unwavering support to the fight against NCDs in Malawi.

Cancer, hypertension, heart and kidney failure are some of the common non-communicable diseases in Malawi.

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