Population Services Kenya (PS Kenya) through its Family Health Network brand- Tunza Clinics, has partnered with Insurance For All (IFA), a micro-insurance provider to increase access to quality healthcare to low income earners countywide
Through the partnership, members of IFA, an Insurance Agency which specializes in connecting low-and-middle income earners to affordable and tailored insurance services, will be able to access healthcare at all Tunza Family Health Network facilities in Kenya without paying out of pocket.
Additionally, under the agreement, IFA members will also be able to access family planning and other reproductive health services at Tunza facilities in addition to the full range of conditions covered.
In the already existing health insurance companies, family planning and reproductive health is typically not covered.
“This partnership signals yet another milestone in our efforts to ensure that Kenyans get quality healthcare without paying out of pocket. When a strategic partnership provides a pathway to achieving our goals, we join hands as we have with IFA,” said Joyce Wanderi, the CEO PS Kenya.
Tunza facilities, which are licensed, privately owned and managed by PS Kenya under its franchise network called Tunza Family Health Network, are spread across the country, including in under-served communities such as urban slums and rural areas.
“We welcome PS Kenya as a partner. They are a strong and reputable partner and share similar aspirations and values being to provide better and more affordable healthcare to those at the bottom of the pyramid and in most need,” noted IFA CEO IFA John Paul Otieno during the signing ceremony.
In keeping with current health trends, IFA through its flagship productAfyaPoaoffers a comprehensive and affordable medical insurance product to the low- and middle-income segment, mainly in the informal sector.
“The move to include family planning in our covers marks an exciting new direction for us and I am glad we are working with PS Kenya on this, which has an exemplary track record in reproductive health,” added Mr. Otieno.
According to Ministry of Health, out-of-pocket expenses, which IFA’s and PS Kenya’s partnership seeks to eliminate, make up a third of Kenya’s total health expenditure, and leads to catastrophic health expenditure.
According to the World bank, only about 20 per cent of Kenyans have access to formal medical insurance, underlining the importance of innovative models that deepen access to insurance to the overlooked 80 per cent, who are largely middle-to-low income earners.