Senegal now has a new digital platform for universal health insurance. The new platform developed by L’Agence de Couverture Maladie Universelle du Sénégal (Agency for Universal Health Coverage in Senegal - CMU) allows citizens access to health information, hospitals, pharmacies, and the ability to finance and make payments online towards healthcare carried out in Senegal.
Senegalese will also be able to donate towards other healthcare initiatives in the West African country.
“The digital transformation of the CMU is the solution provided by Senegal to address the global issue of universal health coverage. The launch of SUNUCMU.com is part of the agenda for the digitisation of payments which Senegal initiated in November 2018. Its main objective is to enhance the quality of life of its population; moreover, its development was entirely undertaken by national start-ups. The CMU has contributed to the birth of the IT ecosystem through these various projects,” said Mahammed Abdallah Dionne, Minister of State, Prime Minister and Secretary General of the Presidency in Senegal.
CMU was founded during 2015 and it forms part of Senegal's government's programme to accelerate the country's economic and social development. The newly launched health insurance digital platform is said to fall within the scope of the agenda for the digitisation of payments which Dionne launched in November 2018.
“With the digital transformation of the CMU, we have set ourselves the challenge of achieving more than 75% health coverage in 24 months. We were delighted with the record level of adoption during the awareness-raising sessions with mutual insurers in the region; this has demonstrated that the added value which we are striving to deliver is in tune with expectations in the field,” said Mouhamed Mahi SY, Agency director of IT systems.
It is expected that by June 2019 the platform will announce a mobile app to make the service even more accessible to citizens. Along with, all healthcare providers in Senegal will be geo-located, enabling all of Senegal's citizens to find health specialists closest to them.
Furthermore, by the end of September 2019, biometric kits will be developed over a two-year period to cover around 3,500 service points.
Cover image credit: : Maternity hospital in Senegal. Wikimedia Commons