2021

Zanzibar concludes benchmarking study visit on Community-Based Health Insurance

A delegation from Zanzibar’s Ministry of Health concluded a 4-day study visit on the implementation of Community-Based Health Insurance (CBHI - Mutuelles de Santé) in Rwanda.

  Published: April 22, 2021


By: Rwanda Cooperation


Zanzibar concludes benchmarking study visit on Community-Based Health Insurance

A delegation from Zanzibar’s Ministry of Health concluded a 4-day study visit on the implementation of Community-Based Health Insurance (CBHI - Mutuelles de Santé) in Rwanda.

The delegation, whose visit was facilitated by PharmAccess Foundation, met with officials from Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, the Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB), and the Local Administrative Entities Development Agency (LODA) who gave them a comprehensive overview of CBHI in Rwanda, including its setup, management and scaling, its linkages to other Home-Grown Initiatives such as Ubudehe, and the role of Community Health Workers within it.

A presenter answers questions from delegates during a workshop

The 4-member delegation also conducted a field visit to Remera Health Center to learn about the CBHI processes at the community level. Speaking at the study visit’s wrap-up session, the head of the delegation Dr. Abdullah Suleiman Ali explained that their visit was for the purpose of benchmarking on Rwanda’s approach, as Zanzibar is looking to design its own Community-based healthcare Insurance, with a strong focus on the informal sector.

Rwanda Cooperation CFO Freddy Makuza hands a certificate and gift to a delegate during the wrap-up session

Dr. Ali expressed the delegation’s gratitude to Rwanda Cooperation for a well-coordinated visit, and for the informative presentations and discussions with public officials, saying that they will certainly apply what they learned in Rwanda as they embark on the huge task of setting up a CBHI scheme in Zanzibar. Rwanda Cooperation’s CFO, Freddy Makuza, assured him of the institution’s continued support, should they require further information or expert assistance from Rwanda.

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