March 4, 2014
Participants Group Photo
For over 8 years Japan through JICA has been supporting the Physical Assets Management Division to improve management and Maintenance of Health care equipment in Public Health, Firstly with the "Project for Strengthening PAM Program" which aimed at strengthening the functional capacity of PAM at both central and district levels from 2006 to 2010, and secondly with the "JICA/ PAM project" from September 2011 to March 2014, aimed at capacity development of technicians and equipment users in proper maintenance and use of medical equipment.
At the close of the two and a half year JICA/PAM Project, JICA experts dispatched to the project together with PAM division and Key stakeholders organized and held an exit workshop in Lilongwe on 4th March 2014. The purpose of this workshop was to look back at the project activities to assess, evaluate the project performance and contribution to the growth of PAM division, they also discussed about the way forward.
The workshop was graced by Mr. Katsuro Saito- JICA Resident Representative and Dr. Kelita Kamoto –MoH Director of Health Technical Services Support. In their opening remarks they both reiterated the critical role JICA/PAM project has played in strengthening capacity of technicians and equipment users in proper maintenance and use of medical equipment. They both urged PAM Division to utilize the project lessons in order to contribute to the Ministry of Health's agenda of improving delivery of quality health services for the public.
Some of the achievements by the Project among others include the establishment of posts, recruitment and training of Medical Engineering Technicians and capacity building of 12 PAM Division staff. The Project also assisted in the development of Biomedical Engineering (BME) Curricula for BME Diploma which will start to be offered in 2014 academic year at the Polytechnic one of the constituent colleges in the University of Malawi.
Another highlight of the Project was the development of Monitoring and evaluation tools and systems, Standardization of equipment list for central Hospitals and introduction of 5s Kaizen TQM in maintenance unit workshops.
As a way to ensure that the above achievements are maintained, workshop participants drew up a way forward , 'The PAM Road Map Action Plan' to guide the PAM division in the continued implementation of project interventions.
Participants mapping a way forward
Repairing the equipment