Local people and their leaders in Rilima Sector in Bugesera district say joining health support groups locally known as ‘Inama z’ingobyi’ has increased the percentage of people’s participation in Mutuelle de santé medical insurance to 97percent.
The executive secretary of Rilima sector says, “Participation in Mutuelle de santé medical insurance was initially at 80percent in 2012 but this year thanks to ‘Inama z’ingobyi’ program, we have reached 97percent of people’s participation.”
He went on to say; “This program has been helpful and people are already paying contribution for the next economic year and they vowed to do so before 15th.June.2013.” ‘Inama z’ingobyi’ program was initiated by the local people where 20 to 60 families in one village form a group to solve their problems.
Barthazar Icurundi a resident of Nyabagendwa cell in Rilima sector explains this program. “We contribute to the group between Rwf100 and Rwf500 per month which helps us to solve apparent problems like paying members contribution fee of mutuelle de santé.”
Thomas Tugirimana a resident of Kimaranzara cell says “before we viewed Mutuelle de santé contribution as a force reckoned by the government to force us to pay but thorough this program, we understand its purpose and its advantages to us as local people. After understanding it, we explain it to our neighbours.”
This program has seen to end most of the issues that affected local people like carrying sick people in stretchers to the health centers and having pregnant women give birth in homes. Now sick people no longer get carried in stretchers but on motorcycles and almost all people have medical insurance thanks to this program.