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Check out these great resources on health integration in microfinance here and in our Resource Library.

State of the Field of Integrated Health and Microfinance in the Andes, 2012 (Read More)

Integrated Health and Microfinance: Harnessing the Strengths of Two Sectors to Improve Health and Alleviate Poverty in the Andes -- State of the Field of Integrated Health and Microfinance in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, 2012The Microcredit Summit Campaign, Freedom from Hunger, and the Center for Health Market Innovations released a new report in January 2013 titled Integrated Health and Microfinance: Harnessing the Strengths of Two Sectors to Improve Health and Alleviate Poverty in the Andes -- State of the Field of Integrated Health and Microfinance in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, 2012.

This report synthesizes the primary learnings and conclusions shared within a community of practice for integrated health and microfinance in the Andean region.

Pioneering Efforts in the Andes

The microfinance sector in the Andes provides services to more than 7 million families, who represent 50% of the population in those countries. With data from 24 microfinance institutions in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, this report presents pioneering efforts to explore the integration of microfinance and health and calls for further studies and funding for integrated programs.

 

State of the Field of Integrated Health and Microfinance in India, 2012 (Read More)

The Microcredit Summit Campaign, Freedom from Hunger, and the Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar released a new report in June 2012 titled Integrated Health and Microfinance in India: Harnessing the Strengths of Two Sectors to Improve Health and Alleviate Poverty. The report demonstrates how microfinance can be further leveraged to provide a powerful tool to address one of India's persistent barriers to the economic advancement of the poor: ill health caused by lack of access to health services.

 

Empowering Women Through Integration of Microfinance and Health Education (2008) (Read More)

This update of an earlier edition again focuses on the power of integrating microfinance services with health education. It highlights efforts by the Microcredit Summit Campaign and UNFPA using a methodology developed by Freedom from Hunger. Included is analysis from innovative work in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Of special note are the results from a pilot project in India that shows how local capacity can effectively be built to accelerate the large-scale global adoption of integration.

The document provides evidence of the impact of microfinance projects. It also serves as a call to action for development agencies, governments, microfinance institutions and donors to invest in this strategy that holds the promise changing social norms and of making many of the MDG targets achievable.The final section offers eight concrete recommendations for action to realize the potential of the “combined services” approach of integrating microfinance services with health education. All eight actions rely on the development agencies, governments, micro-finance institutions and donors to promote integrated health education and microfinance as a means to meeting the MDGs.

Freedom from Hunger Resource Library for Microfinance & Health Protection

Find Freedom from Hungers' research findings into their Microfinance and Health Protection (MAHP) initiative. These materials document the impact of the health interventions on clients and on the MFIs, as well as a set of technical guides that they offer to be of use to others who seek to replicate or build on their efforts to show how microfinance and health protection can be integrated cost-effectively. Visit Freedom from Hunger's resource library today! Here are a few documents:

  • Integrating Microfinance and Health Strategies: Examining the Evidence to Inform Policy and Practice (download here)
  • Costs and Benefits of Microfinance Institutions Offering Health Protection Services to Clients (download here)
  • Why Not Add Health to Microfinance?! (download here)
  • Health financing: A new role for microfinance institutions? (download here)
  • Integration of Microfinance and Health Services on Bandhan Clients in India - Research Brief and Full Report (download here)

 

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Issue 1, Jan 2012

Issue 2, June 2012

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News Releases

Freedom from Hunger and the Microcredit Summit Campaign Announce Commitment to the 100 Million Project

Microcredit Summit Campaign and Freedom from Hunger Form Alliance to Benefit 3.7 Million of the World’s Poor Through Combining Microfinance and Health

Microfinance Institutions Reaching 3.8 Million Clients in India with Health Protection Services