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Nigeria: Airtel and AXA Mansard launches Mobile Health Insurance

Airtel Nigeria Partners AXA Mansard To Unveil Mobile Health Insurance Via USSD

Airtel has partnered with AXA Mansard to launch Mobile Health Insurance via USSD. The partnership is expected to deepen access, participation and enrolment in health insurance for more Nigerians.

Speaking of the USSD code, by dialing the short code *987*7#, Airtel customers can easily register for cheap and vigorous health insurance plans from AXA Mansard, with access to over 1,000 hospitals nationwide quality healthcare services. Mansard's insurance plans cover malaria, immunization, family planning, inpatient, outpatient, ambulance services, dental care, specialist medical consultation, and more.

Commenting on Airtel's partnership with AXA Mansard, Muyiwa Ebitanmi, Head: Mobile Financial Services, Airtel Nigeria, said, "Airtel Nigeria is always exploring innovative ways and platforms that will make life easier, more meaningful and more enjoyable for Nigerians."

"With this initiative, we are not just delivering bespoke health insurance services to the doorstep of more people, we are also leading a quiet revolution that will drive and deepen health insurance inclusion by removing the many barriers that have hitherto excluded many well-meaning Nigerians from participating in the sector," he added.

Alfred Egbai, Head, Emerging Customers and Digital Partnerships Group at AXA Mansard, said, "our research has shown the value and importance of having a health insurance plan to the public especially for the emerging customers in the country, but for many reasons, the uptake of insurance products has been low".

To mitigate these challenges and satisfy the health needs of the retail consumer whilst also encouraging the uptake of health insurance in the country, Egbai said, "we have partnered with Airtel Nigeria to provide a solution that gives users a convenient way to purchase and manage their AXA Mansard micro-insurance plans."

Airtel and AXA Mansard collaboration was triggered by the Federal Government's goal, through the National Health Insurance Scheme, to provide easy access to healthcare for all Nigerians by leveraging on the USSD channel, an easy-to-use and interactive platform.

Implementing health insurance in this part of the world is a big challenge. This results from a low level of awareness, affordability, ineffective distribution systems and inefficient payment models. The Airtel and Mansard partnership seeks to solve this problem and assist Nigerians in accessing a viable Health Insurance Scheme.

Nigeria in focus

GDP: $448.12 billion compared to Botswana's $18.34 billion in 2019

Population: 200,963,599 compared to Botswana's 2,303,697 in 2019

GDP per capita: $2,229 compared to Botswana's $7,961 in 2019