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Community-based health financing: CARE India's experience in the maternal and infant survival project

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Agarwal, Siddharth; Sarasua, Irene

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Abstract In a rural Indian population beset with inadequate health access due to socio-cultural and economic factors, CARE India under the Maternal and Infant Survival Project encouraged village women to form Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and to save health funds collectively. After 15 months of implementation, CBOs were formed in 345 of 447 project villages and health funds were operational in 203 villages. A total of 292 persons benefited from health funds through loans for treatment of obstetric complications and infant illnesses. Additional initiatives include social marketing, sales of disposable delivery kits, and village drug banks. Over half (56 percent) of the loans were repaid within the grace/low interest period. This experience demonstrates that village women, when appropriately encouraged, are capable of creating rules and managing health funds. The process empowers village women (through access to resources and information and the strength of social capital) to make decisions and act to improve their well being.
Keywords India; rural area; health care; health promotion; obstetrics; baby care; funding; loan; self-help; woman; social capital; developing country; South Asia
Classification Social Work, Social Pedagogics, Social Planning; Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology
Document language English
Publication Year 2002
Page/Pages p. 85-94
Journal Research in Healthcare Financial Management, 7 (2002) 1
ISSN 1524-1521
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution