Kwara government wins health innovation prize

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara

Kwara State’s Community Health Insurance Scheme secured more global acclaim on Tuesday when it won a finalist prize at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD, Development Assistance Committee awards for taking development initiative to scale.
The scheme which entitles beneficiaries to subsidized year round basic healthcare for a N500 premium had earlier received commendation from the UN and Bill Gates Foundation for its creative approach to pro-poor health care.

Receiving the prize, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed said the state government upscaled the scheme to promote human capital development and enhance access to quality healthcare in the rural areas.
He told the audience which included European, African and Asian diplomats as well as development experts, that the government aims to achieve universal coverage of the estimated 1 million rural dwellers in the state under the scheme by 2018.

He applauded his predecessor, Bukola Saraki, for initiating the scheme in 2007 in Edu Local Government of the state, stressing that Community Health insurance has now been extended to 10 local government areas in the state.

Mr. Ahmed commended Kwara’s partners in the scheme, the Dutch Government, The Health Insurance Fund, Hygeia Community Health and PharmAccess Foundation, for their support and pledged his administration’s commitment to achieving universal coverage for all rural dwellers in the state.

Erik Solheim, Chair of OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) said the objective of the prize is to support ideas that have been scaled up and that work in the real world. He said the organization seeks to mobilize more investment in such scalable solutions, not least from the 34 OECD members


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  • Dandaman

    Nice write up. You are correct about your analysis and I agree
    However, you guys that live in good systems in the west forget that Nigeria, is no where near where it should be. It is easy to sit in a good system and condemn what anyone tries to do in a jungle like Nigeria. You want Buhari to give the senators seating on committees to make a fortune from Nominees by announcing which portfolio they will head?
    In a country where someone who expects you to bribe them to do there job, how do you expect Buhari to give portfolios to the ministerial candidates? If for example, the senators know which minister will be in charge of Defence, all they will do is start asking for there own share before they approve or confirm the person.
    I think, that you guys should come back home like I have done and experience the real Nigeria and how difficult it is to get anything done properly. Maybe you will start to appreciate that although we all have lofty ideas of how Nigeria should run, the reality on ground means

    • Bishop OfSapele

      Dandaman your logic is flawed…read you post again. And if you don’t see why yourself, you can’t be helped for Pius must have have had your kind in mind when he wrote: “At every step of the way, the ordinary Nigerian produces the most brilliant defense of his own suffering. At every step of the way, the suffering Nigerian justifies Nigeria as is”.

  • Obiakor Ebuka Austino

    In a country where economic development is being retarded by selfish interest,actualization of transparency becomes so difficult nigeria as a country has suffered from bad governance which is why till today it hardly can come up with any good strategy to economic development even if it does come individuals that sees it as an opportunity to self satisfaction dabbles into it. Looking at the ministerial appointment some thing captures my mind why is it that most of this individuals are that same old cabals who have been in one way or they other criticized for loots and misappropriation of fund is it that nigeria as a country lacks individual who can establish wonderful economy I keep asking but never the less it points to an irrefutable fact that nigeria as a country belongs to nobody every individual sees government appointments as an opportunity for looting and stealing

  • akanbi odeku

    The problem is NOT with the “ordinary” Nigerians as postulated by Pius. It is Constitutional and unless that Constitutional provision is changed, no amount of civics education will address the problem. Here is the relevant Section of the Constitution: “147. (1) There shall be such offices of Ministers of the Government of the Federation as may be established by the President. (2) Any appointment to the office of Minister of the Government of the Federation shall, if the nomination of any person to such office is confirmed by the Senate, be made by the President.”
    From this, the Senate is NOT empowered to “grill” any nominee; all it needs to do is to CONFIRM the NOMINATION since such persons can only be APPOINTED into the office ONLY AFTER the CONFIRMATION. The Senate can therefore only ask the nominee to “bow and go ” also translating into each of the nominees or their sponsors having only a good relationship with the Senate.