1 The 64-member team of World Health Organization (WHO) Malawi Country Office (OMD) staff gathered in the lake district of Mangochi from August 10 to 15, 2022 for a staff withdrawal.
2 The main objective of the retreat was to review its performance since the beginning of the year with a focus on its recent interventions in life-threatening emergencies, such as floods, the COVID-19 pandemic and the poliomyelitis and cholera epidemics which affected Malawi.
4 During the retreat, staff were briefed on the WHO Transformation program.
5 This is in line with the General Program of Work of the Thirteen (PGT 13), which defines the organization’s five-year strategy, 2019-2025.
6 Speaking at the meeting, WHO Representative in Malawi, Dr Kimambo, Neema Rusibamayila pointed out that: “The triple billion goals are used to measure WHO’s impact on people’s health.
seven One billion more people should have access to universal health coverage, be protected against health emergencies and enjoy better health and well-being.
8 Malawi stands ready to contribute. Dr Kimambo added that the WHO transformation agenda provides an opportunity to engage with government, other UN agencies and all stakeholders.
9 “The transformation program is results-focused, ensuring a smart technical approach, responsive strategic operations in line with the health needs and priorities of the people of Malawi.” He explained WHO’s transformation vision to the staff.
ten “Our goal is to optimize technical delivery, improve the quality of work and ensure better resource management and better value for money in our interventions.”
11 dr. Nampewo Solomehealth systems coordinator, explained the importance of ensuring access to universal health care in Malawi: “We are working to improve access to quality essential health services, regardless of gender, age or origin.
12 disability status, at all levels of the health care delivery system.
13 We are committed to reducing the number of people in financial difficulty, especially now that the country is facing various emergencies. Participants were also encouraged to improve their personal skills and knowledge using WHO learning platforms.
14 Staff were encouraged to use the WHO ilearn platform and to maximize the mentoring and training opportunities available at WHO.
15 The Québec Ombudsman also talked about the various policies related to the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, harassment and abuse of authority.
16 WHO staff have been reminded that they must be ambassadors to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse of authority, everywhere, always beyond the working environment.
17 The team engaged in an open and constructive exchange of ideas to improve the WHO country office.
18 Moments of awareness have led to a better understanding of ways to improve the health system.
19 The open-minded nature of the retreat elicited both negative and positive reactions.
20 Everyone calmly brought remedies to improve WHO teamwork in a relaxed manner.
21 The need for effective, responsive and respectful communication was highlighted.
22 Selamani Ngwira, Nsanje District Data Manager, could not hide his joy after meeting and interacting with his colleagues and supervisors.
23 “The staff retreat was very interesting.
24 This brought us closer, ensuring teamwork, with our supervisors.
25 Now I personally know my leaders after this retreat.
26 We connect and bond beyond exchanging memos and deadlines over email and phone.
27 This will strengthen our coordinated response, in the event of an emergency, while providing routine health services,” Selaman said.
28 To encourage teamwork and consistency, the staff retreat was merged with fun activities, drills and sports activities.
29 Staff members were encouraged to maintain a work-life balance to be fully productive in a work environment.
30 The retreat ended on September 15, 2022 with all staff empowered and energized to contribute their best to achieving the goals of the Organization.
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