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Community-based health insurance scheme receives financial boost from AHF
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KIGALI - May 25th , 2022 : AIDS Healthcare Foundation Rwanda( AHF Rwanda) handed over a cheque of 133,866,000 Frw to Rwanda Social Security Board to support Community-Based Health Insurance (CBHI) scheme. This donation will benefit 10,822 households with 44,622 beneficiaries, an event held at RSSB headquarters.  

 

The CBHI scheme which the Government of Rwanda initiated in 2005, increases access to healthcare services and fosters a culture of prevention by alleviating the financial burden of medical costs for many, especially among the poor and vulnerable households.  

 

“This contribution aligns closely with our mission of providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy regardless of the ability to pay, and will enable thousands of Rwandans, including our clients, to exercise their right to health, thereby promoting equity in health coverage,” said Dr Lambert Rangira, Country Program Manager, AHF Rwanda.  

 

“Our responsibility is to champion better and more cost-effective ways of delivering patient-centred care, which results in healthier, more productive, and more fulfilling lives for our clients, ” He added.

 

Since 2006, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Rwanda Biomedical Centre, AHF Rwanda has provided significant support towards strengthening healthcare services and their delivery in the country, particularly in the HIV/AIDS response. This includes the provision of HIV testing, care and treatment, condom distribution and human resources for health across 29 health facilities in 10 districts: Nyarugenge, Gasabo, Kicukiro, Rwamagana, Kayonza, Nyanza, Huye, Musanze, Nyabihu, and Rubavu; supporting more than 33,000 People Living With HIV.  

 

On the advocacy side, the organisation has championed various initiatives to promote access to healthcare, such as the Vaccinate Our World (VOW) Campaign to address COVID-19 vaccine inequities, the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, and the AHF Grant Fund to strengthen the capacity of CBOs to tackle HIV in communities. Furthermore, its Girls Act Program fosters leadership, confidence and education among young women and girls as essential for preventing HIV, STIs and unplanned Pregnancies. AHF Rwanda is able to achieve all of this by working closely with Civil Society Organisations and the NGO Forum.

 

“Over the years, we have kept our promise to the Government and people of Rwanda as a critical partner in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and we are committed to this collaboration towards Global AIDS Control,” said Dr. Rangira.  

 

The donation by AIDS Healthcare Foundation Rwanda will boost national access to healthcare services by Rwandans, He added.  

 

Receiving the donation, Rwanda Social Security Board, Director General, Regis Rugemanshuro noted that the Government of Rwanda through Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) has devised several mechanisms to ensure that all Rwandans access good medical services. Collaborations with Institutions like AHF will therefore go a long way in achieving 100% access to CBHI in the near future.  

 

“There is a strong political will to ensure that all Rwandans have equitable access to health services of high quality, affordable and without financial hardship,”said Rugemanshuro.

 

RSSB Director General, Regis Rugemanshuro reiterated that the donation by AIDS Healthcare Foundation Rwanda will boost national access to healthcare services by Rwandans. He said the support is a timely boost at the time mobilization for subscription to CBHI premiums has already started for 2022/2023 financial year.  

 

“We call upon all Rwandans to start subscribing to Mutuelle de santé scheme earlier so as to get ready for accessing health services in the 2022/2023 fiscal year. Mobilisation campaign has already started in February and it continues. The AHF support is timely to boost subscription,” he said.  

 

Current statistics for the year 2021/2022 show that the national coverage for the Community-Based Health Insurance stands at 86.6%. While national coverage for the next financial year 2022/2023 stands at 40.8%.

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