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Ministry of Health Reflects on 2023 Healthcare Finance 

The Ministry of Health in Zambia is taking stock of its healthcare finance performance as 2023 ends, highlighting a noteworthy surge in budget allocation and a commitment to transparently utilizing resources.

According to Hon. Sylvia T. Masebo, MP, the Minister of Health, the 2021 budget allocation of K9.2 billion saw a commendable increase to K12.4 billion in 2022, representing a 35% increment. 

In 2023, the Ministry’s total budget reached K16.1 billion, marking a 30% increment. Out of this, K14.7 billion was sourced from the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ), and K1.3 billion was contributed by Cooperating Partners.

Ms. Masebo detailed the allocation, revealing that K7.7 billion was designated for Personal Emolument, while Non-Personal Emolument had a budget of K8.4 billion, inclusive of the K1.3 billion from Cooperating Partners. 

She emphasized the importance of these resources in supporting healthcare initiatives across the nation.

The Minister highlighted the collaborative efforts with partners, stating that several donors provided off-budget support, contributing significantly to the Ministry’s success in 2023. These resources were utilized transparently and prudently, with strengthened internal controls ensuring accountability in their allocation.

Looking towards the future, Ms. Masebo expressed the Ministry’s aspiration to achieve zero audit queries. This ambitious goal will be pursued through the introduction of guidelines aimed at further strengthening internal controls within the healthcare finance system.

The increased budget allocation and collaborative partnerships underscore the commitment of the Ministry of Health to provide quality healthcare services to the citizens of Zambia. The transparent and accountable use of resources reflects a positive step towards achieving healthcare goals and improving the overall health and well-being of the population.

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