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Ivory Coast Launches Mobile Health Enrollment Centers



One of the mobile centres

Ivory Coast has launched mobile enrollment centers for its universal health coverage program.

The program, known as CMU, aims to cover 70% of healthcare costs for a monthly fee of 1,000 West African CFA francs ($1.65).

Despite its potential, the program has faced criticism since its inception in 2019, with many struggling to access benefits.

The mobile enrollment centers aim to reach those who cannot access traditional enrollment centers due to work commitments or other constraints.

The centers sign up individuals and families and print cards on-site, allowing recipients to immediately access healthcare services at hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies nationwide.

While the government remains optimistic about the program, only 40% of the population is currently registered.

Many Ivorians have expressed frustration with the program, citing difficulties in accessing benefits and inconsistencies in coverage.

Health Minister Pierre Dimba hopes to address these issues and expand the program to include private establishments.

He envisions a universal health coverage system that serves as the primary insurance for all Ivorians, with private insurance used as a supplement.

Despite challenges, the mobile enrollment centers represent a step forward in increasing access to healthcare in Ivory Coast.

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