Kwara government signs agreement with Health Insurance Fund
The governor of Kwara State, Mr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Fund to replicate the Hygeia Community Health Program in Afon district. Under this five year agreement the Fund provides funding and technical support for the establishment of a community health insurance program in the Afon district in Kwara Central, covering up to 71,000 low income workers.
The agreement is a partnership between the Fund and the Kwara State Government. Both parties will co-fund the insurance premiums for the target population, and support the upgrading of a number of clinics in the district. The beneficiaries of the Program are expected to co-pay part of the premium. This co-payment is expected to increase over time. After five years the Kwara State Government will fully support the Program therefore guaranteeing the continuity. The Program will be managed by Hygeia HMO,which also implements the Hygeia Community Health Program in Shonga and Lagos.
PharmAccess Foundation, the Dutch implementing partner of the Fund, is currently developing the Program in close collaboration with Hygeia. PharmAccess has already conducted a “medical due diligence” on seven clinics in the Afon district. Through a tender process a local consultant has been contracted to carry out an extensive target group study. This study will form an important basis for the design of the Program. The program is expected to be launched in the third quarter of this year.