Increasing Community-Based Insurance Coverage in Nigeria

{Photo Credit: Gwenn Dubourthoumieu}Photo Credit: Gwenn Dubourthoumieu

In Nigeria in 2014, MSH's PLAN-Health program assisted two state governments in launching the first community-based health insurance plan to cover small-scale business owners, farmers, traders, artisans, and others. PLAN-Health is funded by PEPFAR through USAID and supports Nigeria's goal of increasing coverage from 10 to 30 percent by 2015.

In Akwa Ibom State, where there had been no previous coverage, nearly 300 people gained insurance between August and December. In Rivers State, eight months after PLAN-Health developed an automated web system and performance-based financing system, coverage increased more than tenfold—from 556 to 5,656 people.

The achievements in Rivers State were made possible by a public-private partnership between PLAN-Health and the Shell Petroleum Development Company.