Social protection in health: Implementing actors of the universal health insurance scheme equipped

This Wednesday, July 13, 2022 opened in Ouagadougou the training of actors implementing the universal health insurance scheme (RAMU) on social protection in health. Training organized by the Ministry of Civil Service, Labor and Social Protection with the support of the International Labor Organization and Belgium.

Burkina Faso has adopted several national policies and benchmarks for social insurance. Through these benchmarks, the country aims to improve the quality of the services of social security institutions and social assistance programs and to develop new services adapted to the needs of users, to increase the number of people covered and those receiving benefits from contributory and non-contributory social protection programmes. The many health programs, such as free healthcare for pregnant women and children under 5, free treatment for certain illnesses, are part of these benefits. Ultimately, these programs should be linked to universal health insurance mechanisms to form a coherent and articulated national system of social protection in health.

A view of the training participants

However, despite the government’s efforts, the challenges remain enormous in the implementation of the various social protection policies, including, among others, the operationalization of universal health insurance which aims for a population coverage rate of 79% in 2027. According to the Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Service, Labor and Social Protection, Hamidou Sawadogo, to meet these challenges, it is necessary that there is a synergy of action with regard to the transversality of the question. social protection and health issues. This synergy of action, he assures, requires a harmonization of the knowledge and understanding of the main actors involved in the governance and implementation of the universal health insurance scheme.

To do this, the General Directorate of Social Protection in collaboration with the International Labor Organization (ILO) implemented the project “Building robust social protection systems to cover workers in the informal economy, facilitate their access health care and enable them to face the challenges of tomorrow”. It is within the framework of this project that the training session was organized for those involved in the implementation of the universal health insurance scheme.

Hamidou Sawadogo, Secretary General of the Ministry of Civil Service, Labor and Social Protection

Dramane Batchabi, ILO social protection specialist for West Africa recalled that “social protection is a human right”. This means that everyone should benefit from this social protection. Yet, in most developing countries, many people are not covered by social protection mechanisms. This is how these countries, with the support of international partners such as the ILO, are working on the extension of social protection in health,” he suggested.

During this training, which will last three days, those involved in implementing the universal health insurance scheme will be equipped with techniques for analyzing the performance of national health social protection systems. They will learn techniques for identifying priorities in social protection in health and understand financing mechanisms and pathways and be equipped on national-level policy-making processes and strategies for stakeholder engagement. During these three days of training, experts in social protection issues from the ILO, as well as national resource persons, are responsible for communications.

Justine Bonkoungou

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