Supporting Mutual Health Insurance Schemes in West and Central Africa

The Prefectures of Beyla, Yomou and Gouécké in Forested Guinea the Republic of Guinea, and the Pala and Gounou Gaya prefectures in the Region of Mayo Kebi in have some of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world.

Supporting Mutual Health Insurance Schemes

Communities need to be aided and measures taken to ensure safety for women and an understanding that giving birth does not entail a risk of dying.

To achieve this, the International Center for Development and Research (CIDR) has proposed to communities of Forested Guinea organized in mutual organizations to benefit from services that enable them to reduce the risk women incur of dying during her pregnancy because she decided to give birth in the village by offering them "a "Safe Maternity" services package. This will train midwives to handle early referrals, organize prenatal visits in the villages, plan for the monitored delivery of high-risk pregnancies, call an ambulance in an emergency, and monitor effective, free-of-charge healthcare.

To benefit from these services, the villages must commit contractually to educate women and contribute to the costs. Highly significant outcomes have already been obtained with this approach, and this project plans to evaluate its impact shortly.

Partnership objectives:

  • Contribute to the sustainable reduction of maternal mortality by promoting a partnership between health authorities and communities organized around mutual health insurance schemes.
  • Design mechanisms for supporting pregnant women, coordinated with mutual health insurance schemes and free-of-charge schemes created by the health authorities to reduce the barriers to accessing health services and effectively allowing them to enjoy the free health care they need.


  • Sanofi

    Goods Supplier
    Canada | Staff size: Unknown

    Sanofi S.A. is a French multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Paris, France, the world's fourth-largest by prescription sales. Sanofi engages in the research and development,...

  • International Center for Development and Research (CIDR)

    Staff size: 6-25

    Established in 1961, the International Center for Development and Research studies, designs, implements operations and programs for socio-economic development in accordance with the...

  • Chad Ministry of Public Health

    Chad | Staff size: Unknown

    The Ministry of Health aims at medical facilities for the people of Chad.

    Chad Health

    There are a number of hospitals in the...

  • Other - European Union

    Government, Association
    Belgium | Staff size: 10,000+

    The European Union (EU) is a politico-economic union of 28 member states that are primarily located in Europe. The EU operates through a system of supranational independent institutions and...

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.

    The agency is mandated to lead and...

  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's...

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Key Information

LocationCentral Africa, Chad, West Africa, Guinea
  • Start Date 2013