Our Philosophy


To provide easy access, qualitative, affordable health services to the people especially the low income earners in the communities in the catchment area of Ishaka Hospital.


IHP's vision is through community collaborations to impact the health of underserved Ugandans in the Bushenyi district, including OVC and people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Our mission is to create easy access to quality affordable health services for rural and low income households. The Ishaka Health Plan (IHP) provides education and access to quality health services through partnerships with local health care providers and other community based organizations. IHP is a micro health insurance scheme.

The scheme has a target coverage of 20,000 people who are mainly low income earners in the (in)formal sector population, pre- existing self help groups like farmer groups, students, school staff, hospital staff and staff of other organizations in the area. Our service area includes 565 villages in 841 square kilometers (about 520 square miles) of the Bushenyi District.


Scheme management is comprised of an Advisory Board and a Management Committee. The Management Committee consists of representatives from community groups. Currently the scheme has 12 group representatives.

Each Health Plan group has an Executive Committee consisting of 5 persons from various communities. The role of the executive committee members is to collect premiums from their member and transfer it to the Health Plan Office. Committee members are also responsible for organizing sensitization and mobilization meetings within their respective communities.

Chairmen meeting at Ishaka Hospital


  • Began an HPV Awareness Campaign funded through the VSO Nederlands

  • 1st Place award winner for the Caroline van der Wall Achievement Award 2019

  • Opened Revolving Loan program 2017

  • In existence since 1998, the Ishaka Health Plan is an established name in the community

  • Strong community ownership, with increased member participation and involvement in decision making

  • Treatment cost recovery of 124% in 2012.

  • Low dropout rate.

  • Treatment cost recovery of 193% in 2013

  • Membership is stable since 2007 around 1000 members.