Government is spending at least 15 billion kwacha annually in servicing the Service Level Agreement with Christian Health Association of Malawi – CHAM Health facilities across the country.
Minister of Health and Population, AtupeleMuluzi, made the revelations on Thursday in parliament.
Under the Service Level Agreement, government deploys and pays health workers that offer services in health facilities owned and operated by Christian institutions.
According to Muluzi, in 2016, government had agreements with 44 CHAM facilities, but in 2018, the number has grown to 177.
Government has mostly had problems in settling Service Level Agreement fees with CHAM facilities as reports indicate as of October 2018, government owed the facilities up to 296 million kwacha I unsettled fees.