Maisha Membership will eliminate the need for third-party intermediaries, allowing customers to access the services directly when in need
Pan African Bank Ecobank Kenya Limited has partnered with AMREF Flying Doctors to offer Maisha Membership, an air and ground ambulance scheme to the lender’s clientele.
Under the partnership, Maisha membership will provide the bank’s customers with access to fast, affordable, and quality air and ground evacuation services in the event of a medical emergency in East Africa.
Members of AMREF Flying Doctors’ Maisha plan including customers will have access to unlimited evacuation flights per year for medical emergencies, unlimited ground ambulance transfers within Kenya, access to AMREF Flying Doctors’ 24-hour control centre, staffed by qualified medical practitioners who provide invaluable medical advice. Maisha Membership eliminates the need for third-party intermediaries, allowing the Bank’s clientele to access the services directly when in need.
At premium level of membership, clients will have access to air medical evacuations and up to Sh29.12 million ($200,000) of post-evacuation hospitalization benefit in Nairobi or South Africa and return flights back home.
Speaking during the signing of the partnership at AMREF Flying Doctors’ hangar, Wilson Airport, Ecobank Kenya managing director and regional executive CESA, Mrs. Josephine Anan-Ankomah said that access to medical emergency evacuations in Kenya and across Africa remains a big challenge partly due to prohibitive costs, infrastructural challenges, and lack of skilled resources.
“We are greatly pleased to partner with AMREF Flying Doctors to help our customers and other Kenyans to easily access emergency ground and air evacuation services for proper medical treatment in Nairobi and elsewhere in the region,” she said.
Dr. Joseph Lelo, the medical director of AMREF Flying Doctors, lauded the partnership, and urged customers to enroll in the emergency medical evacuation plan, which aims at providing low cost access to premium emergency transportation services.
“We are delighted to partner with Ecobank Kenya to ensure that their clients have the necessary coverage during medical emergencies. Healthcare emergencies continue to stress families emotionally and financially especially in our part of the world. Maisha Membership will provide peace of mind that the affected person will have timely and professional medical transport in an emergency,” said Lelo.
Dr. Lelo further added that for the last 65 years, AMREF Flying Doctors has provided rapid and high-quality air evacuation services with highly trained personnel and robust infrastructure.
“As we continue to grow and maintain dominance as a market leader in the emergency medical services (EMS) industry in Africa, we are excited to partner with Ecobank,” he said.
The Maisha Emergency Medical Evacuation Plan is available in five packages – Maisha Bronze, Maisha Silver, Maisha Gold, Maisha Platinum and Diamond for as low as Sh3,100 and designed to cover evacuations within the Eastern Africa region. Countries covered under the deal include Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Ethiopia. Members have an option to include other members of their family to enjoy the same benefit as per the prescribed tariffs in the package.