Afro-Asia health insurance forum
Delegates from countries across Africa and Asia met in South Africa between 11 and 14 March to discuss the role of health insurance in achieving universal coverage and social protection on the two continents.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) organised the meeting in collaboration with the German International Co- operation, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in consultation with the South African Government.
Representatives from the ministries of finance and health, national health insurance authorities and development partners, as well as experts and practitioners from Asia and Africa attended the forum, entitled Achieving Universal Coverage through Health Financing Reform. “Focusing on the Southern African region, the forum will explore in particular the role of extending coverage of pooled financing mechanisms (often under the label of ‘health insurance’), for moving closer to universal health coverage,” commented AfDB, before the time.
The forum also discussed the challenges and limitations of different approaches to revenue contribution in closing healthcare coverage gaps.
Focusing on the Southern African region, the forum will explore in particular the role of extending coverage of pooled financing mechanisms.