Managing health safety net schemes – Nigeria
In Nigeria, communities in Jigawa and Ekiti states have been involved in the management of health ‘safety net’ schemes. Designed and supported by Health Partners International, these schemes aim to ensure that the very poor have equal access to essential health care.
Communities, including traditional leaders, have been actively involved in managing the schemes. The community defines the criteria that determine who will benefit from the safety net. Its participation also helps ensure:
- potential beneficiaries are aware of the schemes
- deferrals and exemptions are appropriately targeted to the very poor
- deferral debts are repaid
- sources of supplementary funding for the schemes are identified.
Community involvement is also providing a platform for improved dialogue on health issues in general between health providers and the communities in the catchment area of participating health facilities.