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Govt, Green Delta sign deal on healthcare project

  • Published at 12:00 am July 23rd, 2017
Govt, Green Delta sign deal on healthcare project
Health Economics Unit (HEU) of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Green Delta Insurance signed an agreement for implementation of second phase of Shashthya Shurakhkha Karmashuchi (SSK) project. Green Delta has been working as the scheme operator of the SSK since launching of the programme on March 24, 2016, said a press release. Now the HEU is initiating the second phase in Kalihati, Ghatail and Modhupur of Tangail and Green Delta will be continuing its services as the scheme operator. SSK is a “dream project” of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the population living below poverty line. The World Health Organization (WHO) has brought a concept titled “Universal Health Coverage (UHC)” to ensure health care for everyone, regardless of their social status. The Bangladesh government has also taken up the challenge to achieve the UHC by the year 2032 through implementing the SSK project. The project was initially taken up in Kalihati of Tangail district and was seen as a huge step in revolutionising the healthcare delivery system for the poor by introducing micro insurance. The poor people selected under certain criteria will get a card to receive treatment for 50 diseases commonly found in them. The treatment will take place in government health facilities of the district. The government will give Tk1,000 per family each year as the premium for a pool fund. One family will get Tk50,000 treatment a year. The signing ceremony was held at the health ministry office. HEU Director General Md Ashadul Islam and Managing Director and CEO of Green Delta Insurance, Chartered Insurer Farzana Chowdhury ACII (UK) signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organisations.