SafeCare works intensively together with local government partners in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana. These partners are the state governments, health insurance funds and agencies that play a key role in the quality improvement programs. Each partner commits itself to adopt the SafeCare methodology and to make quality healthcare available.
Kwara State Government
In April 2009 the Health Insurance Fund signed an agreement with the Kwara State Government in Nigeria to co-finance an expansion of the program in Kwara to include an additional group of farmers in the state. In March 2014, the Kwara State Government provided an even greater commitment, launching the scale-up of the Community Health Insurance Program and pledging access to affordable quality healthcare for at least 60 % of the population in Kwara by 2018.
Ogun State Government
Nigeria’s Ogun State has enlisted the support of the African Health Markets for Equity (AHME) program, in which the PharmAccess Group plays a key role.
National Hospital Insurance Fund
The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) is a Kenyan parastatal agency that wants to provide medical insurance cover to all Kenyans. The NHIF, the World Bank Group’s Health in Africa Initiative (HIA), and the PharmAccess Foundation (Health Insurance Fund’s implementing partner) are working together to introduce SafeCare standards into the NHIF insurance program. In addition, NHIF has enlisted the support of the AHME program.
National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) – Tanzania
The National Health Insurance Fund is a public institution with the main objective of ensuring health care services to employees in the public and private sector and other groups. NHIF is the largest alternative health financing option (scheme) that commenced its operations in July 2001 as a driving force towards implementation of the Health Sector Reform Policy.
National Social Security Fund/ Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
The Tanzanian National Social Security Fund (NSSF) was started in 1997 to replace the National Provident Fund and to complement the Tanzanian National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF). SafeCare provides the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) with technical assistance on their quality improvement methodology and is introducing SafeCare methodology to the health insurance scheme of the NSSF.
National Health Insurance Authority
The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) of Ghana licenses monitors and regulates the operation of health insurance schemes in Ghana. The Health Insurance Fund’s implementing partner PharmAccess is supporting them with the implementation of a National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the first national health insurance scheme in sub-Saharan Africa.
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in Nigeria is a semi-autonomous agency under the Federal Ministry of Health charged with the responsibly of ensuring adequate primary care services for all Nigerians. SafeCare provides NPHCDA with technical assistance to adopt the SafeCare methodology into a national institutionalized quality improvement and recognition methodology.