Trash Health Insurance

Published on February 17, 2014 um 09:37

Summary of your idea

Until this moment, "limited resource" becomes the cliche for poor health service for the poor. The same applies to waste management. However, any endeavors that are arranged by the government and private sectors in enhancing the quality of public health could have significant impacts if accompanied by individuals and communities awareness. If organized, community can mobilize their own resources to improve the service they need. Our idea is the Trash Health Insurance (THI) a health micro insurance program which uses garbage as financial resources. Community pays clinic service using garbage. This way the community mobilizes their own resources to improve health access and breakdown barrier between health facilities and community. With this program, community gives their garbage to the clinic regularly. Afterward, collected garbage is processed in two ways, organic waste is processed to be fertilizer by applying composting method and Inorganic waste, such as paper, cans, bottles, plastic, is sold to collectors. The main principle is organizing community to create sustainable financing from their own resources in order to improve the access and quality of public health program, from promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative aspects. On the other side, this becomes an incentive for community to start a proper waste management from household level, thus contributing to improve local sanitation. Trash Health Insurance will empower every individual to mobilize overlooked resources and take active role in managing health financing.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Trash Health Insurance has had pilot to be successful in clinics in 5 states in Nigeria. Member can access clinic health service and health promotion only by submitting their garbage to the clinic. Garbage Clinical Insurance also distributed membership cards. In the future Trash Health Insurance aim to replicate in other places to enhance and spread its usefulness in broader zones. Health providers run this program on Monday to Saturday at 7 am to 9 pm. THI has also recruited 5 sub-district facilities who expand its access to the clinic health services. In order to increase program sustainability, Human resources in THI are recruited from all clusters of healthworkers, such as, doctors, midwives, nurses, pharmacists, denstists, and health volunteers. THI has recruited 105 volunteers, 5 doctors, 7 nurses. All of these programs are paid with garbage from the community makes THI has sustainability.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

Trash Health Insurance main stakeholders are scavenger (waste collector), community, and health worker. The insurance system with garbage gives broad access to the community because almost every day every house produces garbage which is not used, so that all citizens can join the program. The active roles of individuals and communities will determine the success of the health services; however their role must not be separated from health workers endeavors to build health awareness and knowledge.

Your profile

Michael Iyanro is a Medical graduate, a social entreprenuer and community activist. he has over eight years of experience working on environmental and health issues and has been leading the entire team towards sustainability. He has represented Nigeria and Africa at over ten high-level global governance meetings on sustainable development. In 2009, he co-founded the Nigerian Youth Health Coalition, the biggest youth health movement in Nigeria and serves as a technical Advisor to the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC). He was selected as 'Women Deliver 100 Young Leaders' for his strong interest in womens issues and was invited to attend the "Women Deliver" Global Conference in Washington DC in June 2013. He is the recipient of the 2013 LEAP Africa Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Award and is a GOOD Worldwide Fellow.

Stage of Idea

start-up stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

environment, education, health, poverty reduction

Post a comment