Kwara State Governor contributes to the Hygeia Community Health Plan initiative
The payment covers part of the total premium subsidy for the farmer population in the Afon district.
On November 5, 2010, PharmAccess has received NGN 15,700,000, roughly equaling €75.000,00, from the Kwara State Government, presided by His Excellency Dr. Bukola Saraki, Executive Governor of Kwara State, Nigeria. The payment covers part of the total premium subsidy for the farmer population in the Afon district until June 2011.
This exceptional event signifies the progress the Health Insurance Fund and its implementing partner PharmAccess, in cooperation with its local implementing partner Hygeia Community Health Plan, have made towards building a sustainable community health plan that may serve as the foundation for an insurance scheme for all inhabitants of Kwara State and as an example for the remaining 35 states in Nigeria.
The scheme is referenced as the showcase of a private initiative in Nigeria’s 2010-2015 National Strategic Health Development Plan.
The Afon farmers, working hard to make their living under difficult financial conditions, also pay part of the premium, giving them a proud feeling of ownership of the program.
The balance of the premium is funded by Kwara State and the Health Insurance Fund, recipient of donor funds from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Health Insurance Fund and PharmAccess are stimulating the low and middle income groups to take insurance for health care by setting up and subsidizing health insurance schemes for resource limited areas in Africa whilst at the same time improving the health care delivery by upgrading clinics to the required quality.
Click here to watch the film on the launch of the Afon program.