NSIF/Atlantique Assurances Partnership: for better protection of voluntarily insured persons.
The partnership agreement was signed last Thursday, 18 November 2021, in the Conference room of the NSIF Head Office.
In the wake of voluntary insurance, another glimmer of hope emerged for workers in the informal sector. The NSIF and Atlantique Assurances Cameroun IARDT have decided to work together by signing a health insurance partnership agreement for the voluntarily insured persons registered with the NSIF. As the Director General of the National Social Insurance Fund said: “The nature of their work makes our target population particularly vulnerable; this is due mainly to inadequate social security. It is in response to the need for better security that we seek to protect this social group that provides Cameroonians with so many services”.
This idea brought about the partnership initiative, which does not only involve improving of the benefits of voluntary insurance, but also aims at facilitating access to quality health care for the insured persons, through the special insurance offer "ASSURTOUS SANTE" set up by the insurance company.
This healthcare package is tailored to suit the needs and circumstances of informal sector workers, who are mostly in a precarious and vulnerable situation, in order to improve their living conditions. " Following this partnership, the voluntarily insured persons will benefit from a significant discount on the premium of their NSIF Health digital health insurance policy available in our Agencies, as well as in all the Social Insurance Centres" explains Norbert Ngniwake, General Manager of Atlantique assurances. Also the children of voluntarily insured persons aged up to twenty-one (21) years are eligible for this health offer, provided that they are up to date with their social contributions to the NSIF.
According to the president of the Association des Bayam Selams du Cameroun (ASBY) this initiative was highly applauded by the actors of the informal sector present at the ceremony held by videoconference in Douala and Yaounde. “We appreciate what the Director of the NSIF is doing for the socially vulnerable. The problem with this little group is that we live one day at a time and we have to go out every morning from Monday to Sunday. And when we are sick, it is not easy for us with our tiny means to go even to the pharmacy. Health is a priority in life, as the CEO said, and we believe that this partnership will reach its goal.”
And to add fuel to Marie Mballa Biloa's fire, the representative of the Union of Cameroon Moto-Taxi continued: “We have been looking forward to this day and we are proud of the head of the NSIF, we thank him. We really hope that the NSIF will effectively carry out this project. You know, motor-taxi men work in the street and are really exposed to diseases. With such an agreement, we promise the NSIF that we will massively register and pay our social contributions.”
Finally, the Top Manager of the Institution, after pointing out that this partnership responds to the call of the Head of State and the government, expressed the wish to see this collaboration bear fruit: “I am expecting explosive results in the coming weeks and months. I urge our partners to promote this service which will be available to our subscribers, so that they are no longer alone, as our motto says, you will never live alone”.