Governor Saraki in the new Health Insurance Fund film: ‘It is the best healthcare model for Africa’
On Wednesday the 3rd of June over 2.000 enthusiastic community members and representatives of the Afon district, Kwara State Nigeria, witnessed the Sate Governor Dr. Bukola Saraki (Chairman of the national association of Nigerian governors) launch a five year program together with the Health Insurance Fund. Both parties will provide the funding and technical support for the establishment of a community health insurance scheme in the Afon district, covering up to 70.000 low income workers. This partnership is an innovation in African healthcare policy and international development cooperation; providing access to affordable quality health care for the community of Afon. The program will be implemented by the Hygeia Community Health Program, part of Hygeia Nigeria Limited.
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This initiative is a next step in the rapidly expanding recognition that private health care provision must play a major role in contributing to the relief of Africa’s health care burden. In the film Governor Dr. Bukola Saraki explains that the exchange of expertise and resources between the private insurance companies, the Health Insurance Fund and his government is the key to making it ‘the best healthcare model for Africa.’
With this agreement international donor funding for the program will be replaced over time by funding from the Nigerian government of Kwara State, an important step towards sustainable health care in Africa. For the Governor it is in huge step towards realizing his ambition to reach access to health care for the over 2 million people in his state.