ABANTU Launches Report On Gender Equality And Social Inclusion In NHIS
Abantu for development in collaboration with Star Ghana has launched a research report on enhancing gender and social responsiveness of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS): The case of female head porters (kayayei) and female senior citizen.
Mr. Dramani Yakubu researcher at the Korle-Bu Teaching hospital said the relevance of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) as the policy framework for attaining the goal of health for all Ghanaians citizens irrespective of their socio-economic status, gender, religion and geographic location.
He urged the National health Insurance scheme ( NHIS) to streamline their new policy such that challenges confronting the underprivileged women and kayayei specifically will solved
He said the critical importance of women’s health as enshrined in key international, regional and national documents and agreements and the need to address gender, age and class specific concern i9n health policy such as the NHIS.
Recognizing that some effort has been made in the NHIS to address issues or concern to women such as the provision of free maternal health care.
He said this at the launch of a research report on enhancing gender and social responsiveness of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS): the case of female head porters (kayayei) and female senior citizen in Accra.
The report he said recommend that, the National Health Insurance Authority must capture disaggregated data to enable it respond to the specific needs of different groups of women and menen.Additionaly, NHIA should collect mobile numbers of enrolled members during registration an]d find ways of tracking membership expiration and renewal dates.
This he said will allow the scheme to partner the mobile networks operating in Ghana to send text or voice massages to prompt NHIS card Holders, especially marginalizing groups , when their cards are about to expire to renew them.
Mr. Dramani stated that the NHIS must implement the policy that premiums be paid based on ones income to ensure that poor women and men are captured under the scheme. Effective monitoring by the NHIA is necessary to drive this process.
He said there is the need to organize regular stakeholders for a to discuss issues that are of common interest to different groups of women and men to help in addressing the challenges that the scheme faces. In this connection, a specific platform to address cases of socially excluded groups such as kayayee and senior Citizens should be established and sustained.
Dramani lamented that the scheme should develop a tool to monitor the scheme at all levels of implementation to ensure client satisfaction. NHIS must focus on ill health preventive education to promote wellness
NHIS must utilize different media forms such as information vans, community radios, FM stations and social gatherings to educate the general public on the country to reach target audiences. political leaders especially members of parliament and Assemblymen and women should make NHIS education part of their interactions with their constituents.
Mr. Kingsley Offei Nkansah, chairman of Ghana Agricultural workers union (GAWU) said Government must invest in the education of young women especially those who live in rural and urban poor communities to ensure their ability to access and benefit from social, political and economic opportunities created by national policy and decision making processes such as the NHIS.
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