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Community Based Health Financing Project

vision for the future

about Boresha Maisha

CBHF Project, branded “Boresha Maisha”, is an innovative health financing project that empowers households and communities to access quality and affordable health care through a pre-payment micro health insurance scheme.

The project enables sustainable access to equitable, affordable and quality health care for the poor households / low income earners.

The project has been implemented across 6 Counties in Western Kenya over the last decade with support of Bread for the World, Germany


Health Inclusion for the informal sector

13.3 million people (83% of Kenya’s workforce) are in the informal sector. Out of these, 12 million people are not registered to the Kenya National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). This group is left with the burden of out-of-pocket expenditures for managing their health services.

Self Sustenance for Every Registered Member

CBHF empowers households to improve their economic and nutritional status thus enhancing food security.  It furthermore reduces morbidity and mortality rates. 

Livelihood strategy

Our vision Of Livelihood.

The Livelihood component of CBHF empowers communities to upscale their living conditions in two ways

Income Generation

By engaging in income generating activities (IGAs), most preferably sustainable agriculture.

Long-term Planning

With improved income, the capacities of the communities are built to carry out micro finance initiatives.

STIPA Staff and one of the partners listen to Ogera VPG member during Field Day in Homa Bay County(1)
With a source of income, each household can pay for their health insurance. Also, they enjoy improved nutrition and food security, promote good health and reduce disease burden

Health Promotion

The Health Promotion component of CBHF targets communities and households to promote healthy communities through the following interventions

Screening session for non communicable diseases in partnershipwith Danid Care Foundation, Kisumu

Testing of Non Communicable Diseases

Encouraging testing for non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cancers for the entire community.



Dealing with post-natal care

Promote uptake of 4th ANC, skilled delivery and post-natal care using Community Health Strategy and provision of baby-mother pack.

Youth pose for a photo after a community service activity in Lower Kadongo

Training Adolescents on Sexual Health

Providing adolescents and the community  with information on sexual reproductive health through health talks and life skills.


Financed by the Community, Managed by the Community

The CBHF principle is one of resource pooling and mutual aid. Communities pool their micro premiums to ensure everyone has a means of accessing treatment when they get sick.

Boresha Maisha Network manages the treatment component.  The network has widened the accessibility to various health facilities within the 6 counties it operates in.

CBHF amplifies partnerships with Kenya National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and County Governments to contribute to the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) program.


Long-term Planning

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