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Microinsurance: Financing Healthcare in East Africa for the Base of the Pyramid

Please join us for lunch and an interactive panel presentation sponsored in partnership with the Duke Africa Initiative and the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD).On the panelJeffrey Moe, PhDProfessor of Global Health, Duke Global Health InstituteVincent Okungu, PhDLecturer in Health Economics, Strathmore University; Nairobi, KenyaPeter GrossDirector, MicroEnsure LabsAbout the presentation Microinsurance (M-insurance) is insurance delivered through a mobile phone network. The recent rise in mobile phone technology, together with the uptake and use of mobile wallet platforms like M-Pesa, have allowed M-insurance to scale to low-income populations in the developing world, where health insurance coverage has historically been very low. In Kenya, for example, roughly 80% of the population remain uninsured, and out-of-pocket payments due to negative health events can be catastrophic to patients and their families. A focus of the talk will be Microensure, a private social business that provides health insurance to low-income individuals in low and middle income countries. This talk goes beyond a study of health insurance and tackles issues that are relevant to human behavior, social entrepreneurship, and the role of technology in health systems strengthening in low and middle income countries.

Start Date
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Start Time
12:00 pm
Trent 040