Alternative Health Financing Project activities

Alternative Health Financing Project started from February 2017 with an aim of exploring health financing options to achieve Universal Health Coverage in Nepal which is in it termination phase. Since July, 2017 the following activities has been carried out. Field visits were the major events in the past three months that included in-depth interview and key-informant interview with relevant stakeholders using interview guideline.

Field visit to Baglung and Kailali was carried out in July and August respectively in order to review Social Health Security Program (SHSP) run by Government of Nepal through Social Health Security Development Committee (SHSDC). District Manager and Enrollment Officers of SHSDC, Chief and focal person for the insurance program from District Public Health Office, focal person for the program from district/zonal hospitals were interviewed in-depth for the purpose.Similarly, with an aim to review implementation status and challenges of Community based Micro Health Insurance supported by Nirdhan NGO, a visit to Banke was carried out in August.

For the purpose, program manager of Nirdhan NGO and focal person from Save the Children, the supporting organization, were interviewed in-depth.

Further, in mid-September to review one of six piloted public scheme of Community based Health Insurance by Nepal government, field visit to Dumkauli Primary Health Care Center (PHCC) of Nawalparasi district has been carried out. Medical Officer of the PHCC as well as current and past focal person of the CBHI were interviewed in group. Beside the documentation of field notes, drafting report has also been carried out. Activities to be carried out in this phase are consultation with health economists and dissemination of the final report.