MTN Rwanda has been recognized for becoming the first telecom that has complied with new legislation which seeks to increase financing for Universal Health Insurance (Mutuelle de Santé).
Provisions in the newly gazette law state the need to identify creative ways to finance this universal health coverage through Community Based Health Insurance (CBHI). An order from the Prime Minister also establishes the rates.
“MTN Rwanda will pay out Frw 50 million through the Corporate Social Responsibility to further contribute to achieving the universal health coverage,” the telecom said on Wednesday.
Through this initiative CBHI enables pooling of funds allowing the most vulnerable and poorest segments of the population to be fully integrated into the health insurance system, thus guaranteeing participation of the whole community and avoiding any stigmatization.
It has been found that people suffering financial barriers to health care end up in various forms of exclusion, total exclusion or becoming destitute, seasonal exclusion, temporary exclusion or partial exclusion.
In September the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners flagged the need to double health coverage between now and 2030 or leave up to 5 billion people unable to access health care.
In Rwanda, CBHI was identified as a privileged channel for the growth of financial accessibility to health services in both rural settings and in the informal sector.
“We all have a role to play. Donors and country governments need to move beyond business as usual to bolster the primary health care systems that address the vast majority of people’s needs over their lifetimes,” said Melinda Gates.
According to a UN sanctioned study, “Primary Health Care on the Road to Universal Health Coverage”, estimates that around 60 million lives could be saved by upping annual spending on primary health care in low and middle-income countries by some $200 billion per year.