Kwara Community Health Insurance Scheme nominated for Financial Times Award

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The Kwara State Community Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) has secured
yet another international acclaim as it has been nominated by Pharm
Access Foundation, Netherlands for the 2016 Financial Times/IFC
Transformational Business Award.

The scheme was nominated under the “Achievement in Sustainable
Development: Maternal and Infant Health” category of the awards.

This was contained in a letter to the State government, which was
signed by the Director of Advocacy and Program Development of Pharm
Access Foundation, Dr. Kofi Boahene.

According to him, the Kwara Health Insurance Programme was selected
for the prestigious business award after a rigorous review of
different programmes that have had transformational impact on the
people.

He further noted that the award is a remarkable testimony of the
impact of the health scheme on the people of Kwara State as well as a
motivation for the efforts of the state government towards finding a
long-term financing solution for the programme.

The awards ceremony according to Dr. Boahene will hold on 9 June, 2016
in London. While reacting, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed expressed delight
over the nomination of the state health insurance programme for the
awards, and assured that his government will not relent in its efforts
to make quality healthcare accessible to the people of the State,
especially in the rural areas.

He said the state government will continue to initiate programmes and
policies aimed at increasing efficiency and effectiveness in the
healthcare system of the state.

The Governor also commended Pharm Access foundation for its commitment
to ensure affordable access to quality health care in Africa, by
stimulating investments through partnerships with the private sector
and government institutions.

The Kwara State Community Health Insurance allows beneficiaries to
have access to quality health care all year round, for a token of
N500.

It will be recalled that the health insurance scheme in 2014 in Paris
won a finalist prize at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee awards for
development initiative.

Before the awards in 2014, the scheme had also received commendation
from the United Nations and Bill Gates Foundation for its creative
approach to pro-poor health care.

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