Increasing Access to Basic Health Services for Low Income Populations of Burundi

Increasing Access to Basic Health Services for Low Income Populations of Burundi

< $1,000
Project Summary
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Increasing access to basic health and medical services for the low income population. In Burundi, only 12% of the population has health coverage. Millions of other people have no health financing solutions and are forced to pay out of pocket or borrow, or sell valuables assets. The most vulnerable of this situation are traditional rural farmers. SO, our project is proposing a partnership with farmers in order to increase the food production, get better access to market which in return wil result in improved purchasing power due to increased income. Portion of this agricultural revenue will be paid toward health insurance premiums. This strategy will increase health coverage of more than 80% of uninsured population but also guarantee our business sustainability and growth

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

We are focusing on vulnerable and disadvantaged poor traditional rural farmers. These populations are uneducated, with limited income levels (less than 1$ per day). The lack of access to basic social services could lead to a conflict especially since Burundi had a civil war. These vulnerable populations have no other income generating activities other than agricultural. They represent more than 90% of the population. They only way of providing then a sustainable health insurance coverage is to empower them to produce more food and make more income. We are proposing a cooperation with them and establish a competitive market for them, and deduct a small amount towards health insurance premium. These guys have no health coverage and are forced to pay out of pocket. They health conditions are so poor resulting in life expectancy of 58 years. Something must be done for this forgotten population group. Working with this large population group will be a good business opportunity since we can easily secure a good number of memberships.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

In Burundi, there exist no health insurance options for the informal sector. The consequence of this situation is that more than 80% of the Burundi population is left out without insurance coverage. The victim of this sitiation are traditional rural farmers who represent more than 90% of the population. What's innovative about this iniatiative is that farmers will be empowered in their agricultural activities for the purpose of increasing their revenue and purchasing power and therefore provide them with affordable health insurance premium. In our approach, we envisage to use mobile health units in order to reach out people in the rural and remote areas. Finally, we will work with the Burundian Diaspora to encourage to pay for their relatives' health insurance premiums. Under this strategy, our organization will impact millions of people.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

This project will have lots of activities that include but not limited to : * Identifying existing farmers association or /and organize farmers into associations, * Educate farmers and other groups of interest about the function and the importance of community health insurance program * Train farmers associations in improved agricultural practices, * Establish food selling channels in order to increase market access, * Establish health and medical services delivery channels * Create an aggressive marketing strategy, * Use of better communication technology and membership database
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Organization Name

Eastern Health sa

Organization Country

, BJ

Country where this project is creating social impact

, BJ

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

The founder is Mr. Eraste Nzeyimana who used to live in the USA and who has a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Maryland University College. Since his immigration to the USA in 1997, the founder had always the desire of returnign back home and help rebuild the country after 13 years of civil war. The founder has admired the USA health system and dreamed about helping improve the Burundi health condition.

Uppon his return to Burundi in 1997, the founder have seen many people coming to him and asked for financial support to pay for health and medical services. Also, hundreds of people go to India, Kenya, China, and Europe for various treatments. It became then clear that people have no health financing solutions and that a health insurance program that will include the less fortunate would help improve the health conditions. In 2009, Eastern Health sa was created in order to address issues of accessing health and medical services.

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

Our project has not been implemented yet, therefore do not have any solid track records.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

Within the next tree years, we expect our project to have established a services delivery system that covers at all the Burundi territory, have a super market where food products from farmers would be sold at, an excellent multi-purpose laboratory, and a pharmacy chain that is close to our members.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

At the moment, the ultimate barrier is the lack of financial capabilities to handle the demand volume. People are so despiratelly looking for better health financing solutions in order to containt the ever increasing health and medical costs. An effective way of responding to this concern is to maximize the number of membership, make our services and goods much affordable, and use the technic of "food for health services" strategy.

Tell us about your partnerships

Eastern Health will establish partnership with farmers associations in order to increase their food production and income. Also, working with associations will make much easier the collection of dues. On the other hand, Eastern Health will collaborate with local health facilities and professionals to assure services accessibility and affordability.

Explain your selections

Our project is expected to be supported from membership contributions, but will seek support for foundations, NGOs, Businesses, national government and other.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

We want to strengthen our project in the following way:

* Ensure customers' satisfaction
* Employs qualified professionals and provide them with the kind of support needed to achieve their growth,
* Utilize modern technology to remain competitive
* Ensure services affordability and accessibility in remote areas,

Which barriers to employment does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.


Lack of visibility and investment


Lack of access to information and networks


Lack of skills/training

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

The first thing that this innovation will address is the lack of private investment in the area of healthcare. There is a big shortage of private health insurance capable of reaching remotre rural areas.

Second of all, the innovation address the lack of information and networks for Burundi especially since it is the weakest country member of the East African Union.
Finally, most of the health professionals in Burundi are not well trained and skilled. People are constantly seeking for treatment in other countries like India, Kenya, USA, and Belgium. There is an urgent need of providing quality health facilities and well trained personnel.

Are you trying to scale your organization or initiative?
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Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

Actually our initiate is news and would start from the scratch.

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

Technology providers, NGOs/Nonprofits, For profit companies, Academia/universities.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

We are not currently collaborating with any of the above but would eventually do it if necessary.