Jawabu Microhealth

Low-cost microhealth insurance for Kenya’s informal sector workers

Investment Snapshot

20,000

Lives
Impacted

$500K

Total
Invested

2015

First Year
of Investment

Sector:

THE CHALLENGE

In Kenya, the biggest barrier to entry for health care is cost. In fact, the poorest Kenyan households spend a third of their resources on health care each year compared to only 8% by the richest households.

53% of health care costs are paid by customers accessing services, therefore limiting service for those who cannot afford it or do not have access to alternative financing options.

Even if cost is not an obstacle, low geographical coverage and a shortage of qualified providers often preclude Kenya’s poor from accessing quality healthcare.

THE INNOVATION

For the 8.5 million unsalaried Kenyans working in the informal sector, Jawabu Microhealth offers bundled health insurance for in-patient services and a medical savings account (MSA) for outpatient expenses.

Jawabu’s MSA covers outpatient expenses which rolls over from year to year and can be shared with customers’ “extended families” beyond spouses, children, and relatives, in line with Kenyan culture.

In addition, Jawabu offers customers access to a network of conveniently located, high-quality medical clinics that have agreed to cap the total costs of treating the ten most common medical issues.

THE IMPACT

Jawabu is projected to impact more than 20,000 lives in 2015 and reach over 120,000 lives in 2018 who live on an estimated daily income of $2 to $10.

Access to affordable inpatient coverage combined with an outpatient medical savings account helps to improve individuals’ and households’ long-term financial security, protect Kenya’s informal sector workforce from catastrophic financial loss and improve health outcomes for low-income populations.