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Micro Insurance: Ugandan health co-ops built from US dairy experiences

ugndacvr.jpgA couple of weeks ago, National Public Radio featured western Ugandan health co-ops on a recent broadcast [audio link] that sounds a lot like this 2002 NPR story “Bringing Health care to rural Uganda“. The Minnesota-based HMO, HealthPartners, was asked by Land o’Lakes dairy extensionists, who worked in western Uganda’s dairy heartland, to help communities develop health co-operatives using dairy co-operatives as a model. The Ugandan dairy co-ops were themselves a transplanted idea from Minnesota’s response to Depression-era economic hardship.

George Halvorson, former CEO of HealthPartners (now at Kaiser Permanente) recently published Health Care Co-Ops in Uganda: Effectively Launching Micro Health Groups in African Villages. A free PDF of the book is available to those interested in starting micro health groups in developing countries. To get a copy, you will need to register at this Kaiser Permanente link.

I (Aman) am adding to this post for Ben who is currently in Uganda working on the Output Based Aid incentive driven project. Just last month, the InfoShop at the World Bank launched two books, one of them is the one listed above. The second one is Private Voluntary Health Insurance in Development: Friend or Foe? You can click on the image below to get to the video presentation page. Additional for a whole series of presentations and background papers on this issue, the Wharton Conference on this issue is a good resource.


Written by Ben

February 4, 2007 at 1:14 am

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