Kisumu County Governor Prof. Hon. Anyang Nyong’o at the announcement
As part of the Kenyan’s government’s push towards achieving universal health coverage (UHC) over the next 5 years, all Kisumu county residents will gain access to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) for comprehensive health services. Kisumu is one of the four pilot counties for the UHC pilot and has developed an innovative healthcare model that combines access to health insurance with better quality of care. Utilizing a public-private approach, the county has partnered with PharmAccess for technical assistance. The partnership will facilitate digital registrations into NHIF, health financing, and service delivery in a cost effective and transparent way.
The work will utilize the M-TIBA mobile health platform, enabling a registration application to be developed and tested in the field. While an additional poverty mapping tool developed in conjunction with Amsterdam Institute for International Development rounded off the suite of technological partnership and solutions making possible the registration drive. PharmAccess will engage community health workers to register residents in door-to-door visits and special registration desks at convenient locations. Each community health worker will utilize smart-phones with M-TIBA. This allows the collection of socio-economic data and NHIF registration in real-time as M-TIBA is linked to the NHIF system allowing the immediate issuing of registration numbers.
Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, Kisumu County said, “Access to health care enables people to be more productive and active contributors to their families, communities and society. It also ensures that children can go to school and learn. At the same time, financial protection prevents people from being pushed into poverty when they have to pay for out-of-pocket for health care, especially when they suffer serious illnesses.” Isaiah Okoth, Country Director, PharmAccess Kenya, says, “We share Kisumu’s commitment to unveil universal health coverage for its people while ensuring quality, accessible and affordable healthcare for the long term. From our experience, successful public-private partnerships have the potential to accelerate investment into healthcare. By harnessing the power of mobile technology through the M-TIBA platform, Kisumu is in the frontline of healthcare innovation.”
Preparations are currently underway with the two counties to start implementation as soon as possible.