National Health Insurance Fund
National Health Insurance Fund is a governmental organization in Sudan aiming at alleviating the risks of the high cost of health services on both the government and population and securing the quality and accessibility of health services. It was established in 1994, firstly implemented in 1995.
- Coverage: 40%( December 2009)
- Poor families covered by Zakat Chamber, and Pensioners by Ministry of Finance.
- Provides Health Services to insured population.
- Participate in availability of Health Professionals in the remote area by improving working and living environments.
- Achieving the values of social solidarity, equity, community participation, transparency and stewardship.
- Participates in poverty reduction, improving access to the health services.
- Reduces the burden of health expenditure among vulnerable groups.
Links to the health workforce crisis
Many factors related to human resources for health influence the health outcomes and accessibility to health services:
- High turnover of medical doctors causes irrational use of medicines and hence waste of the scarce resources.
- Insufficient qualified procurement staff increases the work load of the few number of staff at the federal level.
- Lack of highly qualified public health professional, specifically in health insurance systems hinder the running of the project efficiently and effectively.
Therefore, the National Health Insurance Fund aims to bridge the gap by making an attractive environment to the staff, conducting in service training and motivate the staff to participate in the international workshops training courses to exchange experiences and gain more knowledge and skills.