26 February 2013

Nigeria: Hygeia Promotes Community Health Insurance in Kwara

A TRIPARTITE Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, just signed by the Hygeia Community Health Care, HCHC, Dutch Health insurance Fund and the Kwara State Government towards the state-wide expansion of the Kwara Community Health Insurance Programme, is designed to enrol no less than 600,000 low-income individuals in the 16 Local Government Areas of the state by 2017.

The Kwara State community Isurance Programme, a Public Private Participation, PPP, initiative is facilitated by HCHC and PharmAccess Foundation with a premium subsidy funding agreement between the Kwara State Government and the Dutch Health Insurance Fund. Under the arrangement the Kwara State Government increasingly takes the health insurance premium subsidy financing.

Disclosing this in Lagos, Group CEO, Hygeia Group, Mr Lars Stork described the development as a major milestone . "This accomplishment plus a significant demonstration of the commitment of the Health Insurance Fund, PharmAccess and HCHC to partner with the Kwara State Government aims to strengthen the healthcare delivery system of the state through community health insurance schemes," Stork remarked.

He said the signing of the MoU which guarantees expansion of the scheme to achieve universal health coverage in the State,was preceded by passage of the Kwara State Community Health Insurance Legislation in 2012.

Stork said funds have been mobilised in addition to donations and subsidies towards facilitating over 400,000 hospital visits, 6,500 safe deliveries and 2,000 surgical procedures at public and private healthcare facilities without need for out-of-pocket payments by enrollees.

"Significant investments have also been made on infrastructural upgrades, purchase of equipment, improvement of quality of service, and provision of access to care. It is anticipated that this will serve as an impetus for replication or adoption by other State governments in achieving universal healthcare coverage, improvement of healthcare indices, especially the Millennium Development Goals. MDGs and socio-economic profile of the country.

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