EHAI is an indigenous NGO focused on supporting the Government of Nigeria in achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by ensuring that Nigerians, especially the informal sector and those living in rural, underserved and hard to reach areas, have access to affordable, equitable and quality health care services without financial hardship. We are achieving this through research, training and implementation of cutting edge public health projects. We have our corporate head office located in Lagos State and State offices at Abuja FCT, Ondo, Oyo, Edo, Imo, Anambra, Abia, Enugu and Nasarawa States.
We have in place a two-tiered Corporate Governance structure that ensures our operations are smooth, effective and transparent. Our governance structure consists of a 5 member Board of Trustees, and a 7 member Board of Directors. Our 8-member Management Team, headed by the Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the day- to-day operations of the organization. The key / principal officers of the organization have years of experience planning and implementing large scale PEPFAR and Global Fund projects for the control of Infectious Diseases and Health System Strengthening.
Having worked actively over the past decade implementing several public health intervention programs, EHAI fully understands how to tap into the rich potential capacity of communities to own and drive issues that relate to their health and well being. EHAI recognizes that an appropriate model of Health Insurance for the marginalized informal sector is essential in order to break the vicious cycle of poor access to healthcare, poor health outcomes and of poverty in Nigeria.
One of our major areas of interest, which we strongly believe is germane to achieving UHC, is Sustainable Health Financing through financial risk pooling mechanisms targeted at the informal sector. This is especially important in a country like ours where ability to pay severely limits access to health care. We understand clearly that to achieve UHC in Nigeria, user fees and other out-of-pocket payments for health care services (which can be impoverishing) must be reduced drastically if not eliminated completely. We strongly believe that a comprehensive, widespread and transparently managed Social Health Insurance Scheme that covers the marginalized informal sector, urban and rural areas as well as the high and low end social class of our country is the panacea to most of the challenges facing our healthcare system. In line with this, Equitable Health Access Initiative (EHAI) is accredited by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to function as a Technical Facilitator / Program Manager on Community Based Social Health Insurance Program (CBSHIP).
Based on our years of experience in engaging, mobilising and organising communities to take ownership of their healthcare through CBSHIP and other forms of Micro-Health Insurance Schemes targeted at the informal sector, we have developed The “EASE Model” for Sustainable Social Health Insurance through Economic Empowerment. The model is aimed at simplifying the process of establishing sustainable Social Health Insurance Programs and considers the current socio-economic challenges facing informal sector enrolment on Health Insurance schemes. It is also an integrated model designed to ensure social and behavior change towards communal ownership and management of the healthcare system in communities. The “EASE Model” was showcased at our side event at the 2019 Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) in Kigali, Rwanda on the 5th of March 2019.