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Rwanda and Universal Coverage: focusing on quality and equity

Lisa Hirschhorn, MD MPH Harvard Medical School Partners in Health JSI Research and Training Inst.

April 2013

Universal Coverage •

Universal coverage is critical – ensure access to care for those in need, – Provide financial risk protection by lowering catastrophic out-of-pocket health spending

BUT also need to ensure – Access for all – Quality – Responsive system which meets the needs of the community

The 5


area of quality

Structural Quality (systems)


Process Quality (activities) Outcomes Quality (results) Customer defined quality


Rwanda: 26,300 km 2 10.6 million people

Massachusetts: 27,300 km 2 6.6 million people

Annual growth 2002-11: 7.6% Life expectancy: 56 years (up from 28 years in 1994) Per capita health spending: $55 Adapted in part from A Binagwaho 4

• • Rwanda and Mutuelles

Insuring underserved populations considered effective means of improving access to care Mutuelles de sante´ (Mutuelles) – Community-based health insurance program established by the Government of Rwanda – Key component of national health strategy to provide universal health care  2000: Pilot  2006: Fully implemented  2008: Further regulation and strengthening

What is the impact?

Child and maternal care coverage (2000-2008)

Household catastrophic health payments (2000 to 2006)

Enrollees’ medical care utilization

Improved medical care utilization Protected households from catastrophic health spending

Maternal and Child Health Intervention Uptake in Rwanda, 2000 – 2010 2000 2005 2008 2010 90.1% 76.0%75.2% 80.4% 70.3% 68.9% 60.2% 45.1% 45.2% 27.4% 26.5% 28.2% 15.8% 5.7% 10.3% Married women (15-49 years) using modern contraception 4.0% Deliveries at health facility Children (0-5 years) sleeping under LLITNs Children (12-23 months) given all basic vaccinations

from Success.” British Medical Journal 346(f65): Courtesy of

Dr Binagwaho. MOH, Rwanda 8

What about equity?

Lowest expenditure quintile: significantly lower rate of utilization and higher rate of catastrophic health spending.

15,1% Annual Rates of Decline in Child Mortality by Wealth Quintile and Residence, DHS 2008 and 2010

(measures 10 years preceding survey)

18,5% 15,1% 15,2% 11,9% 5,7% 3,6% Lowest Second Middle Fourth Highest

Macro International, Inc. Courtesy of

Dr Binagwaho. MOH, Rwanda Rural Urban

So…… • • •

Rwanda’s experience suggests community based health insurance schemes can be effective to achieve universal health coverage even in the poorest settings. Challenge is to ensure that access and protection is equal for the poorest – Financial assistance BUT……..

Lu C, Chin B, Lewandowski JL, Basinga P, Hirschhorn LR, et al. (2012) Towards Universal Health Coverage: An Evaluation of Rwanda Mutuelles in Its First Eight Years. PLoS ONE 7(6): e39282.

Building a Health System WHO-recommended health worker density:


per 1,000 pop.

Rwanda’s health worker density:


per 1,000 pop.

Referral Hospital (5) District Hospital (42)

Physician Specialist (150) Physician Generalist (475)

Health Center (469)

Nurse Generalist (8,273)

Community Level (14,837) ~80% of burden of disease addressed here

Community Health Workers (~45,000) 13

Courtesy of

Dr Binagwaho. MOH, Rwanda

So if quality is similar, what about scope?

Your choice is to staff a few health centers with higher level nurses and an MD able to provide more advanced care – HIV, NCD management, other

OR Do you ensure full district coverage for more basic care – First line ART, basic screening and treatment for NCDs

What are the responses?

Increase training – HRH

Task sharing

What is it •

WHO: “the rational redistribution of tasks among health workforce team” – Specific tasks moved when appropriate from qualified health workers to health workers with shorter training and fewer qualifications” • Existing cadres or new ones Not just short term fix but approach to strengthen the health system

Can task shifting care expand universal access and ensure/sustain/ improve quality?

Task shifting, quality and ethics

• Multiple studies found increased access and uptake – Botswana (nurses); Haiti (CHWs), Zambia (nurses) 1. What if quality is not as good and care is not as effective?

2. Is it right to provide basic care access but with providers not able to provide more advanced care or ensure access at another site ?

Task shifting, quality and HIV in RLS

Country Cadre Tasks outcomes

Kenya (Selke) Rwanda (Shumbosho) Mozambique (Bretlinger) Malawi (Zachariah) South Africa (Long) Nurse to trained PLWHA MD to nurse tecnicos de medicinas Nurse to CHW MD to nurse Monitoring (clinic to home based) ART prescription HIV care and treatment F/U; home-based monitoring and referral for OIs Down referral of stable pts

Shift vs Standard of care

Viral suppression : 93% vs 87% CD4 counts : 404 vs 358) New OIs : 13.6 versus 19.8/100 pys Process: adherence (89%) and SEs (84%) assessed, ~100% correct Rx


90% 1 year survival 92% 1 year retention Agreement with clinical observer: WHO staging: 38%; cotrim: 72%, ART 76% Improved alive and on ART (95.6% vs 75.8%) Lower death /LTFU (RR = 0.27, 95% CI 0.15–0.49) and lower Selke HM et al. JAIDS 2010: 55;483-490, Shumbusho, F. PLoS Med 2009 6: e1000163, Long L, PLoS Med 2011 8(7): e1001055; Bretlinger HRH 2010,8:23; Zachariah R, Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 2008;

Task shifting and ethics

• • • • Medical ethics: provide the best standard of care you can Public health ethics: require health system to consider how to help patients who can not access care 1 Challenge: focus on quality of care for few with access to surgeon versus the “silent” majority who do not • “islands of excellence in a sea of underprovision” 2 “continued policy inaction amounts to unwarranted healthcare rationing and as such is ethically untenable” 3 1. Chu K, PLOS 2009 6:e1000078; 2. Ooms G. Global Health 2008 4:61; 3. Price and Binagwaho. Dev World Bioeth. 2010 ;10:99-103.


• • • • Public Insurance are a key tool to ensuing increased access However focus must remain on ensuring BOTH equity and quality – Need to measure Task shifting when done well can sustain or improve quality and increase access More work is needed to determine the most effective use and limits of task shifting and other innovative and scalable approaches to ensuring quality with limited resources