Essential Insurance Coverage for HIV+ Community
AllLife, a South African provider of insurance to people with HIV, has pioneered an approach that proves it is possible to insure the “uninsurable”, and to do so in a financially and socially sustainable way.
Essential insurance coverage for HIV+ community
There are around six million people living with HIV in South Africa. Because of the stigma associated with the disease, many lose hope; most do not participate in the economy or make the best health choices.
Life insurance is needed to access other financial services, so AllLife enables people living with HIV to improve their economic prospects. It is also key to poverty eradication: in a country where an average of eight people are dependent on one income earner, whole families are at risk if their main earner dies or becomes ill.
AllLife’s business model is centred on improving the lives of the HIV+ community by providing both life insurance and knowledge on how to manage their disease. While this market is generally considered “non-standard-risks” by the established insurance industry, AllLife has pioneered an approach that proves it is possible to insure the “uninsurable”, and to do so in a financially and socially sustainable way.
Financial inclusion and support for their condition
Founded by three engineers and a medical doctor, AllLife is dedicated to improving the economic prospect of clients as well as their health and longevity. This is done through interacting with clients and the HIV+ community regularly and over multiple channels to guide them to make the right choices.
AllLife provides both life insurance products and health improvement processes to people living with HIV. This achieves two things.
Firstly, it spurs financial inclusion, enabling people living with HIV to improve their economic circumstances. Life insurance allows greater access to other financial tools that enable individuals to participate fully in a society’s economic opportunities.
Secondly, by providing customers with information on how to manage their condition, AllLife improves health outcomes. Those with allLife policies show and average health improvement of 15%, whether or not they are receiving treatment. An AllLife policy has resulted in an average health improvement of 15% in a customer, whether or not that person is receiving treatment. This gives clients increased confidence that they can participate in the general economy and take advantage of the opportunities available.
AllLife also campaigns to reduce the HIV stigma by reiterating the message that HIV is a chronic manageable disease.
What AllLife's CEO said:
"Having a real and material impact on our clients’ lives is not just a programme at AllLife, rather we have embedded this philosophy into our business DNA. We are a social impact firm in the truest sense, and we cannot operate profitably without having an immense positive impact on society." - Ross Beerman, CEO, AllLife Group