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Dar Naïm's community health insurance scheme

Dar Naïm's community health insurance scheme

"Dar-Naïm’s community health insurance scheme (Mutuelle Communautaire de Dar-Naïm or MCSDN) was founded in January 2003 and focused on one of the poorest areas of Nouakchott, Mauritania. An equity fund was added end 2005 to allow membership for the destitute and to cover their insurance premium. These activities were set up within the Dar-Naïm Health Project (Projet Santé Dar-Naïm or PSDN).

The project is managed by Caritas Mauritania, a Mauritanian non-governmental organization which receives financial and technical support from the Belgian non-governmental organisation Memisa Belgium. The latter called on the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) to carry out the scientific supervision of the project activities. The interventions are set up to improve the population’s access to quality care and are in line with an action-research approach. Through the scientific support provided by ITM, detailed quantitative and qualitative documentation of the different activities of the project took place. This publication describes and analyses the roots, development and modus operandi of the equity fund and contains useful lessons for other initiatives that aim to improve access to care for the poorest." (extract from summary)

Bart Criel, Abdoulaye Samba Bâ, Fatimatou Kane, Mathieu Noirhomme et Maria-Pia Waelkens: Une expérience de protection sociale en santé pour les plus démunis: Le fonds d’indigence de Dar-Naïm en Mauritanie
Studies in Health Services Organisation & Policy, 26, 2010. © ITGPress  Antwerp, Belgium.

91 pages, text in French; summary in English. Download as PDF




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