The government is planning to extend improved Community Health Funds (CHFs) to regions across the country, especially for low income earners, to improve access to reliable medical care.
Deputy Minister, Regional Administration and Local Governments Aggrey Mwanri announced the plans in Dodoma over the weekend during the launch of a new Insurance Management Information System (IMIS) for improved CHF services.
“Reliable health services are the right of each Tanzanian…” said the Deputy Minister, adding that: “…thus following the inauguration of improved CHF the government is determined to extend the services countrywide...”
Health Promotion and System Strengthening Project (HPSS), Manager Manfred Stoermer, said that improved CHF will use the new IMIS for record keeping and to provide information over mobile phones which will simplify the processing of claims.
Stoermer said the changes were part of the effort known as Health Promotion and System Strengthening (HPSS) Project which is executed by Tanzania and Switzerland.
“…by establishing IMIS system the CHF will have a data storage solution… member registration, contributions management, claim processing and payments and member feedback collection...” Stoermer revealed.
With the improved CHF, the issue of recognising registered members in rural health centres will no longer be a hurdle. Each CHF network has been issued with a special phone that is connected to the CHF information system allowing them to download the photographs of members and do on-spot verification.
The project is funded by Switzerland Development Corporation and implemented by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), the Micro Insurance Academy (MIA) of Germany in collaboration with Ifakara Health Institute of Tanzania.