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HealthPartners was founded in 1957 as a cooperative. The co-op model empowers members – an important counter-balance to government. By participating in international development, HealthPartners is sharing lessons learned, saving lives, and fulfilling a corporate global responsibility; and because this is a government partnership, there is no cost to members here at home.

Funding provided by: The United States Agency for International Development

What we do

women in Uganda

Watch this video to learn more about HealthPartners work in Uganda.

The Challenge Uganda United States
Source: * CIA World Factbook
Life expectancy 49 years 78 years
Under 5 mortality 62/1,000 6/1,000
HIV/AIDS prevalence 6.5% .6%
Total fertility rate 6.7 2.06

In the absence of health insurance:

  • Women do not have money to afford family planning services or safe delivery
  • Care seeking is delayed and/or the only source of income is sold to seek care

Sheila Leatherman, Research Professor, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina and Visiting Professor, London School of Economics, had the following to say about HealthPartners in Uganda, “I work in low income countries using various strategies to increase reliable health education and health care services. In addition to field work in villages and communities, I have just conducted a global evidence review of health micro insurance for the International Labor Organization. While the evidence is compelling that some form of health financing is critical to improve health access and health outcomes, there is still a great deal of diversity in program design and impact. The Health Cooperative is an innovative community based health insurance model that provides resources for capacity building and network development that empower local stakeholders to access care and improve their health. It is a model that should be replicated as its design for sustainability suggests a promising solution that may help bridge the tremendous gap in equity and access to health care for the poor.”