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Corporate Interview- Kees Van Lede(CEO)
Health e-wallet M-Tiba signs up 60 clinics in Nairobi
In Kenya, an I.T. platform is helping low-income earners get the kind of affordable health insurance that was once only available to the middle class and the affluent. It's giving residents in the Nairobi slum of Kibera access to much-needed health care through their mobile devices. So far, 10-thousand Kibera residents are using the technology.
M-Tiba is bringing improved care to slum dwellers and rural populations and has the potential to make healthcare truly inclusive. M-Tiba (M stands for mobile and Tiba means “care” in Swahili) delivers a mobile ‘health wallet’ that will allow people to save, insure, and share money for healthcare on their phone. Donors and insurers can use M-Tiba to offer healthcare financing products, such as vouchers, managed funds and low cost health insurance, to specific segments of the Kenyan population. Use of these funds is restricted to conditional spending at select healthcare providers who form part of a nationwide M-Tiba network.
Through smart segmentation, we are able to reach people who up to now have been largely excluded from any support. We can give them the peace of mind that they can pay for healthcare when they need it and empower them to choose the care they need. Together with Amref Health Africa we have been given the opportunity to scale-test M-Tiba. The Dutch Postcode Lottery has funded our joint program with 10 million Euros, with the objective to make money and healthcare directly available to women and their families via their mobile telephones.