Social security for the poor in Tanzania

Posted on 2 Aug, 2019 by Wanda Welker

After eight years of implementation, the project “Social Security for the Poor to Improve Maternal, Neonatal Health and HIV Prevention” in cooperation with KfW and the Tanzanian National Health Insurance Fund ended on 31 May, 2019.

One of the greatest achievements have been one million women, their newborns and families benefiting from health insurance and improved access to health care. At the same time, an efficient digital setup has been established that allowed beneficiaries to be enrolled into health insurance schemes by mobile phone, providing bulk SMS to all cooperating healthcare facilities in five regions as a means for efficient communication, and for the close monitoring of service provision.

In the context of achieving universal health coverage, the BMZ German-language toolkit Digitization in Development Cooperation mentions this program as an inspiring example.

More details on the project can be found here: Project phase I and project phase II.