KENYA – The Pan African Bank Ecobank Kenya Limited, has partnered with AMREF Flying Doctors to offer its Maisha Membership scheme to the bank’s clientele.

The partnership spells out that the Maisha membership will provide the Bank’s customers with convenient 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 and unlimited ground ambulance transfers within Kenya.

The bank’s clients will also have access to AMREF Flying Doctors’ 24-hour control center, 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 the premium level of membership, clients will have access to air medical evacuations and up to US$200,000 of post-evacuation hospitalization benefits in Nairobi or South Africa and return flights back home.

The partnership agreement was signed at AMREF Flying Doctors’ hangar, Wilson Airport by Ecobank Kenya Managing Director and Regional Executive CESA, Josephine Anan-Ankomah, and Amref Flying Doctors Medical Director, Dr. Joseph Lelo.

Anan-Ankomah added that access to medical emergency evacuations here 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,” Anan-Ankomah acknowledged. 

The Ecobank Group was established in 1985 to drive financial integration and socio-economic development in Africa. 

With a presence in 35 sub-Saharan African countries as well as in France, the UK, UAE, and China, the Group has unrivaled expertise and experience across Africa. 

Its unique pan-African platform provides a single gateway for payments, cash management, trade, and investment across Africa and beyond.

Dr. Lelo on the other hand emphasized the need for continued growth and dominance as a market leader in the emergency medical services (EMS) industry in Africa lauded the new partnership with Ecobank.

The Medical Director also stated, “We are delighted to partner with Ecobank Kenya to ensure that their clients have the necessary coverage during medical emergencies.”

Dr. Lelo added that healthcare emergencies continued to stress families emotionally and financially, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and Maisha Membership would provide peace of mind that the affected person will have timely and professional medical transport in an emergency. 

“This is a commendable initiative by the bank, and we urge Ecobank’s customers to enroll in our emergency medical evacuation plan, which provides low-cost access to premium emergency transportation services,” Dr. Lelo insisted. 

Amref Flying Doctor’s Maisha Magic evacuation service plan 

For the last 65 years, AMREF Flying Doctors has provided rapid and high-quality air evacuation services with highly trained personnel and robust infrastructure.

They have grown and maintained dominance as a market leader in the emergency medical services (EMS) industry in Africa.

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 US$21.4 (KES 3,100) and is 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 benefits as per the prescribed tariffs in the package.

With a fleet of five fully owned dedicated ambulance aircraft, patients can be evacuated from anywhere on the African continent to anywhere in the world.

AMREF Flying Doctors is in the 15th year of accreditation by the European Aeromedical Institute (EURAMI) and has twice been a recipient of the ITIJ Air Ambulance Provider of the Year Award.

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