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Safaricom adds mobile muscle to Kenya’s medical insurance

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Mobile payment platform M-Pesa, developed by Safaricom, will serve as the premium collection platform for Linda Jamii, a micro-insurance health cover offering established through partners Britam, Safaricom Limited and Changamka Micro-insurance.

The companies have jointly launched an affordable micro-insurance health cover which will widen the bracket of the population with access to medical insurance.

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Kenyan awarded $250,000 to fight pre-natal deaths in Sub-Sahara Africa

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Sam Agutu is among two innovators awarded $250,000 (approximately Sh25,000,000) to develop pre-natal care solutions. Two projects, one using cell phones to deliver to expectant mothers in Kenya electronic vouchers for pre-natal care and transportation, the other aimed at promoting maternal and child health in northern Nigeria, will receive $250,000 grants from the Saving Lives at Birth Partnership.

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Tough times ahead for insurers as Safaricom enters market

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Two announcements made recently offer medical insurers food for thought. The first, if true, is the plan by hospitals to have another round of increases in service charges. The second one is the Safaricom-powered Linda Jamii product.

While most medical insurers are struggling to meet the required numbers to make viable business, the looming increase in charges creates a further obstacle to achieving profitability.

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Access to Affordable Quality Healthcare Through M-KADI Medical Savings e-card

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Access to basic healthcare in Kenya is still a challenge to majority poor and increasingly, the low income earners who have to juggle to make ends meet and face the demands for high cost of living. It is said that only 1 percent of Kenyans are covered by contributory schemes meaning that most people will resort to seeking contributions from friends and family whenever there is a medical emergency, while others will self-medicate with dire consequences sometimes leading to death.

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