KHF Outreach
Tamweelcom Pioneers Free Health Insurance to its Micro-Credit Clients
26th August 2012

Queen Noor with agreement signed between Tamweelcom CEO Ziad Al Refai, IFH Director Dr. Manal Tahtamouni and Pharmacy1 CEO Dr. Amjad Aryan

26 August 2012, Amman - Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein presided over the launch of Tamweelcom’s (Jordan Micro Credit Company) new initiative providing free health insurance to its clients in cooperation with the Noor Al Hussein Foundation’s Institute for Family Health (IFH) and Pharmacy1.
 
The pilot project is the first of its kind among microfinance institutions in the Middle East. Two thousand clients and their families in greater Amman and Salt will benefit in 2012, receiving free routine checkups and primary care at IFH centers in Sweileh and Al Hashimi. Beneficiaries will also be able to purchase medications at a discount from Pharmacy1 locations.
 
Her Majesty Queen Noor remarked, “This is one of the most exciting new initiatives for the Noor Al Hussein Foundation. It reflects a synergy of NHF institutions, Tamweelcom and IFH, and a partnership with the private sector,  which will multiply the impact of those institutions serving the poorest members of our community. It is a modest beginning with great potential for expansion and a model that can be replicated both nationally and internationally. It is yet another way to fulfill His Majesty King Hussein’s belief in equitable opportunity and access to resources for all members of our Jordanian family.”
 
Tamweelcom CEO Ziad Rifai remarked, “We provide our clients with both financial and non-financial services.  We offer marketing and business development services, as well as free medical days, cancer screenings, and health awareness programs to work toward our mission of empowering and improving the living conditions of low income people and the productive poor throughout Jordan. Environmental programs, business support, and health services are equally as important as financial services, and this initiative reflects that belief."




Dr. Manal Tahtamouni, Director of the NHF’s Institute for Family Health stated, “The partnership supports the King Hussein and Noor Al Hussein Foundations’ integrated approach to development to enhance the quality of life of local communities.”

“We wanted to do something different,” said Dr. Amjad Aryan, CEO of Pharmacy1. “Guaranteeing healthcare and affordable medicine will allow Tamweelcom clients to feel comfortable in their lives and to focus on their businesses and products. This partnership is a perfect fit with our expertise and corporate social responsibility plan.”
 
Tamweelcom plans to expand the initiative in the future to all their beneficiaries served through its 25 branch offices. 

Tamweelcom, an institution of the Noor Al Hussein Foundation, is a regional leader in providing micro credit to entrepreneurs who lack access to financial services. Tamweelcom has served more than 138,000 beneficiaries since its inception in 1999, 92.5% of whom are women, and given entrepreneurs the opportunities to start businesses, generate income, build assets, and raise their families’ living standards.

The Noor Al Hussein Foundation Institute for Family Health, established in 1986, is a regional model providing comprehensive family healthcare services and training for professionals and caretakers in areas such as reproductive health, childhood disabilities, gender-based violence, psychology, and social work.  

Pharmacy1 is one of the largest and most prominent pharmacies in Jordan, with 54 branches and a highly qualified team of experts.
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