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Revising The Tool for Identifying The Poor For National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) in Kenya

Fellow's Name: 
Angela Oloo Akumu
Fellows Track: 
Health Economics
Fellows Cohort: 
First Cohort

In Kenya, National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has been striving to reach and register members from both the formal and informal sectors. Given the high poverty rates of 46 percent, majority of Kenyans would not be in a position to pay the monthly contributions. Since the year 2003 there has been need for NHIF to identify the poor because it wants to increase its insurance coverage. There have been further calls for transforming NHIF to NSHIF where identification of the poor would be vital. NHIF through the newly created Sponsored Programmes  division has managed to develop and pilot a tool to identify indigents. However, one of the key reccommendations from the pilot was that the tool needs to be modified. The goal of this project is to increase NHIF’s insurance level of coverage. This projects methods would include: review of other tools for identifying the poor; Review of methods of identification that capture poverty dynamics and vulnerability; Testing  the tool; Sensitizing stakeholders on the importance and use of the tool and disseminating the report. This will be made possible by a series of consultative meetings and stakeholder sensitization workshops to be completed by end of December 2011. The total budget for the project is estimated at USD 9,811 which will be provided by the University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (UNITID) Fellowship Programme. The product of the project will be a modified tool for identifying the poor.