Ishaka Health Plan is a legally registered, non – profit organization, often referred to in the community as "Healthy Plan." It is a micro health insurance scheme (or plan) and is community/member owned with offices located on Ishaka Adventist’s Hospital (IAH) compound in Ishaka town, Bushenyi District, Southwestern Uganda. It started as a hospital-based scheme from the year 1998, in Partnership with the Ishaka Adventist Hospital, community member Daniel Kakunta and former Dutch volunteer Ingrid van 't Hof. In 2007, the plan became community member-owned and is no longer owned by IAH. The catchment area of Ishaka Adventist Hospital 501000 people found in Ruhinda, Igara & Bunyaruguru Counties in Bushenyi District.
Microloan Program Raising Businesses
Lilian Komugisha (Mrs Byaruhanga) tells her story of how the IHP Revolving Fund for Women has made a difference in her life. She borrowed money to improve her business. The loan helped her to move to the next level.
In July 2021, Global Health Liaisons partnered IHP with A Richer Me, Inc. This company has an online jewelry store that supports programs that help women deal with gender based violence. Their motto is "www.aNecklaceforme.com is "Freedom for Her". The "Freedom for Her" initiative funds two programs supporting girls and women, one in East and West Africa.
Innovative Small Loans Recipient
This video tells the story of how the Ishaka Health Plan's Revolving Loan Program has impacted the life of Julaina Kakunta, a farmer in Southwestern Uganda.
In this video, Julaina says that she used the money to build up her chicken farm, buy a cow and install a grazing-free system, which means she doesn't have to buy a lot of land to have a few cows. The cows provide enough milk for the household and more to sell in the market. The chicks grow up, lay eggs, and provide meat that can be eaten and sold.
All of this was made possible by a loan from the Ishaka Health Plan. This program, originally funded by Global Health Liaisons, most recently partnered with A Richer Me, Inc to get support from their jewelry store at www.anecklaceforme.co. This initiative will fund the IHP Revolving Fund so that it increases the number of women the program serves.
In 2017 an organization called Global Health Liaisons funded a local non-profit, the Ishaka Health Plan in rural southwestern Uganda, to start giving loans to women. The program was a big success!
Recognizing the Ishaka Health Plan 2021
The Ishaka Health Plan team front row Anthony Berinde, Ingrid van t'Hof, Christina Blanchard-Horan, Twinamatsiko Emmanuel, Manasseh Tumuhimbisi, the Akashanda clinic staff nurse, Amos Gumisiriza, community member and Aturinda Susan (not present Kakunta Daniel)