Data cleaning session for NHIMA and MLSS officials, October, 2022.

The SP&PFM Programme organized capacity-building exercises in October to strengthen the skills of the National Health Insurance Scheme staff for monitoring, data collection and management of actuarial analysis and modelling. Three sessions of data-cleaning exercises were conducted with officials from the National Health Insurance Management Authority and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

Led and facilitated by Fred Chitalu, USAID Revenue for Growth NHIMA Advisor, the data-cleaning exercises, which lasted for a period of three weeks cumulatively, were preceded by three training sessions focused on providing an understanding of the actuarial costing principle, introduction to the ILO/HEALTH model and the data needed to enable its successful application.

In addition, with the support of the SP&PFM Programme, the National Health Insurance Management Authority and the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services worked together to verify data quality by using sample files of the national social cash transfer database of vulnerable groups without contributory capacity who represent the initial target group of the service extension. Following the data quality check, a request was submitted to the Ministry to include the updated data in the ILO/HEALTH calibration exercise. This exercise centred on building up the internal capacity of the Ministry staff in understanding social cash transfer data and its current structure and how it relates to actuarial evaluation.

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