Community Based Health Insurance campaign for 2020/21 launched

On 05 May 2020, the Ministry of Local Government in partnership with Rwanda Social Security Board launched the “Community Based Health Insurance (CBHI)” campaign for the next fiscal year 2020/21.

RSSB data shows that in 2019/2020, only 79.6% of CBHI members paid their annual contribution, while the contribution for next fiscal year was below 20% by June 05th - just few weeks away from the beginning of the new CBHI year.

Addressing the press conference organized in line with the launch of the campaign, the Minister of State in charge of social affairs at MINALOC Mme Ignatienne Nyirarukundo emphasized on the importance of CBHI and why every citizen should have health insurance.

“The aim of the government is to make sure that every Rwandan is subscribed to health insurance, especially Community Based Health Insurance. In the next fiscal year (2020/2021), we want to see citizens paying their contribution at 100% rate, so that they can get timely medical service.” She said

Through this campaign, mobilization messages will be displayed through media, bulk SMSs, and all other communication channels used by decentralized entities.

How to pay CBHI contribution

The contribution is paid depending on the ‘Ubudehe’ category in which families belong to. The Category I, is supported by the Government and other donors.

Contributions are paid via Umurenge SACCO (all), Mobicash agents, Irembo agents, MTN Mobile Money, Airtel Money and Tigo Cash. Dial *909# and follow the instructions.

However, payment for the group of people (several households) is done via commercial banks and the list of people who the contributions are paid for must be submitted to the nearest RSSB Branch, that list must indicate ID number of the responsible person of each household.

In the current fiscal year, the government made significant improvements in CBHI including; increasing source of funds for CBHI fund, commitment to increasing contribution for category I from 2,000 Frw to 3,000 Frw, and removing “one-month wait” that was imposed to beneficiaries who pay their contribution after 30th of September.