Community health funds

Community Health Funds


Through Community Health Funds, the Government of Tanzania aims at improving access to health services for the majority of the population. CHFs function as a pre-payment mechanism for health care. Community members (especially rural households) pay an annual contribution based on a predefined household size of up to six people. These funds are matched by a government subsidy. The household is then issued a membership card entitling household members to access  medical services and medicine without paying additional co-payments.
Unfortunately, in recent years the CHFs have not been able to provide risk sharing for a substantial part of the population; national coverage levels have covered at a low 7.9 per cent (NHIF data, April 2011).