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Mali and Senegal Joint Study Tour to Rwanda

October 25, 2009 – October 30, 2009

In the spirit of South-South learning two MLI countries, Mali and Senegal, are completed a week long study tour in Rwanda to refine their strategies for innovative health financing and risk pooling in order to accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goals and to improve health outcomes. Rwanda is considered a pioneer of performance-based financing and is one of the only countries worldwide to scale up community-based health insurance, known locally as mutuelles, to a national level. The Mali and Senegal delegations, consisting of senior ministerial leaders and technical experts, studied the political and technical aspects of Rwanda’s mutuelles and performance-based financing programs, in addition to making district visits to observe the day to day operations of these programs. The Rwanda tour is one type of peer sharing opportunity provided through MLI’s five-country learning collaborative.


Newspaper article
A Poor Nation, With a Health Plan

MAYANGE, Rwanda — The maternity ward in the Mayange district health center is nothing fancy.  It has no running water, and the delivery room is little more than a pair of padded benches with stirrups. But the blue paint on the walls is fairly fresh, and the labor room beds have mosquito nets. Inside, three generations of the Yankulije family are relaxing on one bed: Rachel, 53, her daughter Chantal Mujawimana, 22, and Chantal’s baby boy, too recently arrived in this world to have a name yet. The little prince is the first in his line to be delivered in a clinic rather than on the floor of a mud hut. But he is not the first with health insurance. Both his mother and grandmother have it, which is why he was born here. Rwanda has had national health insurance for 11 years now; 92 percent of the nation is covered, and the premiums are $2 a year.

Mali Program (French) (pdf – 74 KB)

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