Table 1

Structural and organisational characteristics of primary care facilities in South West health zone, Malawi, in July–August 2018

FacilityType of facilityLocationCatchment populationNumber of
HCWs*
(per 1000 pop)
Number of
CHWs†
(per 1000 pop)
District per capita health funding in US$ per year
Neno60
 1HospitalRural20 7119 (0.4)143 (6.9)
 2HospitalRural11 2844 (0.4)112 (9.9)
 3Health centreRural14 4333 (0.2)98 (6.8)
 4Health centreRural89364 (0.4)58 (6.5)
Thyolo22
 5HospitalRural51 31821 (0.4)24 (0.5)
 6Health centreRural19 4441 (0.1)14 (0.7)
 7Health centreRural47 0928 (0.2)29 (0.6)
 8Health centreRural52 7827 (0.1)22 (0.4)
Blantyre18
 9Health centreUrban78 56125 (0.3)37 (0.5)
 10Health centreUrban79 67533 (0.4)41 (0.5)
 11Health centreUrban135 72631 (0.2)44 (0.3)
 12Health centreUrban145 82123 (0.2)46 (0.3)
  • *HCWs comprised nurses/nurse-midwives/medical assistants/clinical officers.

  • †CHWs comprised health surveillance assistants and community health volunteers on stipend.

  • CHWs, community health workers; HCWs, healthcare workers.