Working for the health of the many: How Asher Hasan is bringing insurance coverage to Pakistan’s low-income workers

Radz2011:

Impressed by the good work of corporations like Unilever in participating in this system. The “informal economy” of domestic workers in developing countries like Pakistan, India, the UAE, South Africa and much of the developing world is inherently problematic. Any steps to legitimize this work is a welcome change to society

Originally posted on TED Blog:

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Growing up in the UK and coming of age in Pakistan, TEDIndia Fellow Asher Hasan observed a vast discrepancy: those with and without access to basic healthcare, and the devastating social consequences of this disparity. He tells TED Blog the story of how he witnessed a single health disaster ruin the hopes of his childhood friends, and how this compelled him to attempt to transform a broken healthcare system with his Pakistan-based health micro-insurance company, Naya Jeevan, which offers not only quality, affordable healthcare to the urban poor, but also the financial and social inclusion the rest of us take for granted.

What does your organization do, and why?

The name Naya Jeevan traces its roots from Sanskrit, and means “new life” in modern Hindi and Urdu. We are committed to bringing low-income families in the emerging world out of poverty by providing them with affordable access to quality…

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