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Swiss Red Cross (SRC)

Health Equity Fund in Nambak and Viengkham districts

Last updated:2014-05-08 14:38:58

 A Health Equity Fund is a 3rd party demand-side mechanism or fund used to pay health services (treatment, preventive costs and associate costs as transport and food)  to health providers for poor people and promote their access.                                             

The Swiss Red Cross & Lao Red Cross have started the first HEF in Lao PDR in 2004 in Nambak district. Since 2006, the Lao Red Cross is fully operating the HEF with remote technical support from SRC. The HEF, fully funded by the SRC, is managed by the LRC Luang Prabang. It provides free of charge health services for the poor including transport and food allowance in the health centers, district hospital and provincial hospital. It also pays for catastrophic health expenditure for all patients at district hospital. HEF services was extended to Viengkham district in Mid-2011.    

Results for the HEF in Nambak and Viengkham as of end of 2013 are as follows:

HEF members:  7,492 members (2,612 in Nambak and 4,880 in Viengkham)

Provision of benefits: for access to 2 district hospitals, 9 health centers and Luang Prabang Referral Provincial Hospital

Utilization 2010-2013: 14,059 out-patient consultations, 2,747 in-patient cases for HEF members and 440 in-patient cases for near-poor patients.

 Benefits provided: LAK 1,5 billion (LAK 1.1 billion for treatment costs and LAK 0.4 billion for transport, food and blood).

Project Start Date Project End Date Current Project Phase Current Phase Start Current Phase End Project Operational Budget
May 1st 2004 Dec 12th 2016 Mar 9th 2010 Mar 9th 2010 65000

Project Coordinator Project Partners
PHANDOLACK Chansouk, THOME Jean-Marc
(020) 5570035, jmthome.lao@.gmailcom
There are no partners specified

Provinces and districts of project activity:

Provinces Districts
Luang Prabang Province - Nambakh - Viengkham

Sectors and sub-sectors of project activity:

Sectors Sub-sectors
Data Collection & Analysis - Health DC&A
Emergency and Humanitarian Relief - Social Welfare
Health Care - Health Education & Training
Social Development - Care for the Elderly - Marginalized Groups in Society

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