Avon HMO, Kaffy in Partnership to Launch Health Plans for Perfoming Artiste
The campaign for health insurance deal for the Nigerian performing arts industry championed by veteran dancer, Kafayat Shafau-Ameh, also known as Kaffy, has received strategic support from Avon HMO, a leading health management organization.
Through this first-of-its-kind partnership, Nigerian creatives will now enjoy healthcare coverage tailored to their needs through the Kaffy Health Plan by Avon HMO. Currently, less than 5 per cent of Nigerians have health insurance and with the youth constituting a bulk of the population, AVON HMO’s new plans will further improve access to quality healthcare.
“This is the first of its kind milestone for the performing arts industry particularly, dancers. The journey to a health insurance deal for my artistic community has been a long time coming. Unfortunately, we cannot bring back to those whom we have lost, quite avoidably due to a lack of access to basic health care. However, this is just the first part of the work.”
To underscore the importance of health to dancers, Kaffy explained, “Dance is a creative expression that comes from within. Thus, the spirit, soul, and body must be in a healthy state. AVON is a market leader, and we are delighted to partner with them to further deepen health coverage among creatives. The Kaffy health plans offer annual coverage, and are flexible, with options for individuals and families. This is inclusive and it ensures that no one else is left behind”
“Over the years, we’ve been involved in a series of conversations about the plight of people in the entertainment industry. Hardly a year goes by without a prominent artist, young and old alike, making the rounds on social media for a medical condition they need funds to treat. It’s sad that this happens and while people are usually able to raise funds for these individuals, we as a health management organization believe there’s a better way.“The question is, ‘would these people have gotten to the point where they would need crowdfunding to pay medical bills if they had a healthcare plan?’ We don’t think so. In fact, having a health plan gives access to preventive medical checks that make it easier to spot a medical condition in its infant stages before it becomes too late. Nobody deserves to be stranded for an inability to pay medical bills; this is why we exist and what we’ve done in partnership with Kaffy is an example of how we can protect people in the creative and entertainment fields.” She added.