By Devota Mwachang’a
Tanzania’s Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Ummy Mwalimu is expecting to launch child health insurance scheme dubbed “Toto Afya Kadi” to improve health services.
The insurance product will be provided through National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) which focuses in providing health coverage for millions of children across the country, and making sure that no child is uninsured.
In years back, health care in the country was available depending on one’s income and accessibility, whereas people in urban areas had better access to the service especially from private medical facilities. Thanks to health insurance scheme, Tanzanians are now enjoying real medication through the scheme.
In Tanzania, the under-five mortality rate decreased from 147 deaths per thousand in 1999 to 112 deaths per 1,000 in 2005.NHIF target was to offer health insurance cover to 2,000 children in the last fiscal year (2016/2017).