Developing Micro Health Insurance in Bangladesh

developing ViableInstitute of Microfinance (InM) organized a seminar on “Developing Micro Health Insurance in Bangladesh” at the conference room of InM’s Lalmatia office, Dhaka on March 18, 2011.

Professor Syed M. Ahsan, Department of Economics, Concordia University and Visiting Fellow, InM, and Professor David M. Dror, Erasmus University of Rotterdam and Micro Insurance Academy (MIA), New Delhi were the Keynote Speakers at the seminar. The seminar was chaired by Dr. Rashid Faruqee, Visiting Fellow, InM.

Dr. Md. Mosleh Uddin Sadeque, Interim Executive Director, InM welcomed Professor Dror and all the participants to the seminar and thanked them for their valued presence at the event.

Professor Syed M. Ahsan presented a paper entitled “Developing Viable Micro Health Insurance in Bangladesh” at the seminar. The paper analyzed and discussed the issues on designing and developing viable micro health insurance (MHI) products and models for Bangladesh focusing on health shocks, public health insurance, health risks and vulnerability, and health services in rural Bangladesh.

Professor David M. Dror expressed his thoughts and ideas regarding Micro Health Insurance and shared his experiences to the deliberations. He also replied the related questions on Micro Health Insurance and sustainable health insurance solutions asked by the participants at the event.

Dr. Mahabub Hossain, Executive Director, BRAC, Dr. Manuela De Allegri, Researcher, Heidelberg University, Mr. Ahsan Sadiq, Consultant, GFA Consulting Group, Dr. Muhammad Abdul Latif, Director (Research & KnM), InM, Dr. B.A.A. Mustafi, Research Director, PKSF,   Mr. Muhammad Shahidul Islam, Deputy Director, Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA), Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, Scientist, ICDDR,B,  along with the other participants from various development organizations were present at the seminar.

The seminar became lively by the active participation of microfinance stakeholders, practitioners, and researchers from reputed institutions.