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U.K. Reviving Budget Support To Malawian Government

“The U.K. Department for International Development [DfID] is reviving its budget support to the Malawian government after rerouting aid to non-governmental organizations last year,” Devex reports. “Ten million pounds ($16 million) will go to the country’s health system, according to a [DfID] press release [.pdf] published Saturday,” Devex writes, noting, “This is part of the 110 million pounds [$140.7 million] DfID previously agreed to provide in support of Malawi’s Health Sector Strategic Plan, which runs 2011 to 2016” (5/14).

“British emergency funding for the Malawian health system will purchase malaria and [tuberculosis] drugs, therapeutic feeding for malnourished children and training equipment for new health workers” and “will also support services delivered by the Christian Health Association of Malawi,” the press release states (5/12). “The turnaround follows leadership changes in Malawi,” Devex writes. “DfID froze its budget support to the government last year over human rights and governance issues,” but “Joyce Banda pledged to work and win back donor funding when she assumed the presidency in April,” according to the news service (5/14).