Guidelines to strengthen internal controls for donor funds at Ministry of Health underway —Masebo


Government plans to introduce guidelines to strengthen internal controls of donor funds at Ministry of Health in order to have zero audit queries, authorities say.

Minister of Health, Sylvia Masebo, stated that the performance of the Ministry had been largely facilitated by domestic resources and contributions from partners.

Masebo in a statement issued in Lusaka on Wednesday said the budget allocation for 2021 was K9.2 billion and it was increased to K12.4 billion in 2022, representing 35 percent increment.

“In 2023, the total budget for the Ministry of Health was K16.1 billion, representing a percentage increment of 30 percent, out of which K14.7 billion was from government and K1.3 billion from cooperating partners,” she highlighted.

The Minister said the personal emoluments was allocated K7.7 billion while the non-personal emoluments had a total budget of K8.4 billion.

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Masebo stated that this was inclusive of K1.3 billion from cooperating partners through their direct budget support.

“It is important to note that several donors provide off-budget support which also made significant contributions to the success of the Ministry of Health in 2023,” she said.

Masebo emphasized that the resources were utilised transparently and prudently, through strengthened internal controls that ensured accountability.

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