Table 3

Equipment availability by facility type and proportion of functional equipment

CHAM hospital
(n=5)
Rural hospital
(n=3)
Health centre
(n=32)
Dispensary
(n=7)
Available (n (%))Functional (%)Available (n (%))Functional (%)Available (n (%))Functional (%)Available (n (%))Functional (%)
Thermometer5 (100)1003 (100)10025 (78)967 (100)71
Respiratory rate timer1 (20)10006 (19)672100
MUAC tape5 (100)1003 (100)10032 (100)1007 (100)100
Weighing scale5 (100)1003 (100)10032 (100)1007 (100)100
Micro-nebuliser3 (60)1001 (33)1009 (28)782100
Malaria RDTs5 (100)1003 (100)10031 (97)1007 (100)100
Pulse oximeter*3 (60)1001 (33)10010 (31)700
  • *Pulse oximetry is recommended but not essential according to Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses guidelines.

  • CHAM, Christian Health Association of Malawi; MUAC, mid-upper arm circumference; RDT, rapid diagnostic test.