The Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN) is an independent, non-profit making alliance of civil society organizations in the health sector interested in promoting equitable access to quality, affordable and responsive health care services in Malawi. MHEN achieves this through influencing policy formulation, review, and practice. The Network was formed in the year 2000 and got registered with the Government of Malawi in 2004. The Network uses strategies which include lobby and advocacy, research, civic education and information sharing.
MHEN is a membership organization, currently with over sixty members comprising of organizations and a few individuals. MHEN, through its network members, district coordination teams and district chapters, works throughout Malawi. However some efforts are concentrated in selected districts depending on identified health issues and health indicators of the district.
All people in Malawi have access to equitable, quality, affordable and responsive essential health care services
To advocate and lobby for the health systems that promotes the delivery of equitable and quality health care services by influencing policy and practice through research, monitoring and evaluation.
PRINCIPLES AND VALUES
MHEN lives by the following Principles and Values:
Social Responsibility for Health: We believe that public health principles should prevail over corporate pursuit of profit in determination of health policy and programmes.
Health as a Human Right: We believe that government and international organisations policies and practice should respect people’s rights to health as a fundamental human right
People Centred Health Sector: We believe in universal access to comprehensive essential health care services on the premise of equity, social justice and rights; and that our bias will be towards the poor and the marginalised.
Solidarity within the Network: We believe in building a network that strives to balance the common and diverse needs of each of the members; to respect
their individual values, uniqueness and roles; and to continually ensure that the focus of all our collective activities is to benefit the health of all Malawians regardless of status.