Table 2

Drug availability and proportion of drugs in date by facility type

CHAM hospital
(n=5)
Rural hospital
(n=3)
Health centre
(n=32)
Dispensary
(n=7)
Cotrimoxazole tablet4 (80%)3 (100%)32 (100%)6 (86%)
Amoxicillin tablets*5 (100%)1 (33%)6 (19%)1 (14%)
Amoxicillin syrup4 (80%)020 (63%)4 (57%)
Lumefantrine-Artemether5 (100%)3 (100%)32 (100%)6 (86%)
Rectal artesunate1 (20%)1 (33%)19 (59%)1 (14%)
Oral rehydration salts5 (100%)016 (50%)3 (43%)
Salbutamol tablets5 (100%)2 (67%)15 (47%)3 (43%)
Salbutamol nebuliser solution4 (80%)1 (33%)5 (16%)7 (100%)
Aminophylline injection†2 (67%)1 (100%)3 (38%)3 (75%)
  • The following drugs were found not to be in date: 20% of oral rehydration salts at CHAM facilities; 5% of amoxicillin syrup in health centres and 25% at dispensaries; 33% aminophylline at health centres.

  • *Availability of amoxicillin syrup and/or tables: 5 (100%) of CHAM facilities; 1 (33%) rural hospital; 22 (69%) health centres; 4 (57%) dispensaries.

  • †Data only collected for Mchinji district (n=16).

  • CHAM, Christian Health Association of Malawi.