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Health and Microfinance Alliance

The Health and Microfinance Alliance, established by the Microcredit Summit Campaign and Freedom from Hunger, provides access to an international team of microfinance, health, and development practitioners, researchers and policy makers working with microfinance organizations around the world to implement and test innovative approaches to address poverty. Download the flyer.

Independently and collaboratively, the two organizations are working with numerous institutions in India, and in other countries to help these institutions add health protection to the range of services they provide to clients. These services include:

  • Health education on prevention of HIV and AIDS, TB, malaria, and on basic nutrition and treatments for childhood illnesses;
  • Linkages to health care providers and products; and
  • Health financing such as health loans, health savings, and health microinsurance.  

Using India as a demonstration of what can be achieved globally, the Health and Microfinance Alliance is currently disseminating methodologies, tools, and products to build the capacity of 28 institutions serving India’s poor. By continuing to innovate, and aggressively replicate successful interventions, over the next 5 years the Alliance expects to:

  • Reach 700,000 microfinance clients in India  with integrated microfinance and health protection services (MAHP) services that can improve health and financial security for themselves and their families and are sustainably delivered.  This outreach is expected to affect 3.7 million client household members.
  • Engage a more diverse community of practitioners that includes many more influential actors from the health, self-help and financial sectors, as well as policymakers, researchers and donors—and expand the work beyond India.

Project Updates

Through the Health and Microfinance Alliance, the Microcredit Summit Campaign and Freedom from Hunger are actively working with 38 financial service providers in India (i.e., microfinance institutions (MFIs), self-help group promoting institutions (SHPIs), and networks). These 38 partner institutions are reaching a total of 709,167 clients and 3.5 million family members with microfinance and health protection (MAHP) services. This number continues to grow every month as our partners scale up their operations and new partners join the Alliance.

Implementing partners

Program Components

Current Outreach
(July 2013)

Access Development, Odisha
(5 of their partners)

Staff training on education and savings

1,500

Bandhan, West Bengal

MAHP partner; community based health education; Community Health Workers; health products; developing clinical services; health missions

437,015

Equitas, Tamil Nadu

Health education: "Healthy Habits for Life"

1,768

ESAF, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, & Madhya Pradesh

Health education
Arogyamithra project, training community volunteers to facilitate Healthy Habits

22,878

Gram-Utthan, Odisha

Community based health education (e.g., WASH); Community Health Volunteers, product sales; health camps

15,000

Nidan, Bihar

Staff training on market research, product concept development, Training of Trainers on health education; small scale pilot health intervention

14,000

Pioneer Trad, Tamil Nadu

Health education: Pregnant women's health

6,020

People’s Multipurpose Development Society (PMD), Tamil Nadu

Health education (Women's Health and Child's Health) and health camps

6,306

Reach India, West Bengal

Provide education training: maternal and child health

3,876

SKDRDP, Karnataka

Health education: Diseases that Attack Children, Women’s Health, Healthy Habits. Delivery by Sahayojakis (GVK members in villages)

94,004

West Bengal Volunteer Health Association (WBVHA)**, West Bengal

Health education (Plan for Better Health) and health savings

5,000

 

ACTIVE TOTAL

607,367

 

New partners

Program Components

Intended outreach

Samhita

Planning pilot education and loans

tbd

 

Inactive partners

Program Status

Outreach

Cashpor, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar

Discontinued health education

80,000

Nirantra, Karnataka

Discontinued health education

3,800

VWS, West Bengal

Discontinued health education

3,000

KAS, Odisha

No longer operating

8,500

Aga Khan Rural Support Program, India

Completed health education. No plan in current FY

5,000

Friends of Women's World Banking* partners, Bihar

completed pilot education; no plan to scale or expand

1,500

 

INACTIVE TOTAL

101,800

* Friends of Women's World Banking is an MFI network with 52 partners. We were working with 2 partners located in Bihar.
** WBVHA is an SHPI network with 42 partners.

Strategic Partners

Freedom from Hunger

Freedom from Hunger is an international development organization dedicated to bringing innovative and sustainable support to the self-help efforts of very poor families around the world. Freedom from Hunger partners with local organizations to demonstrate the value of these innovations and trains those partners to implement the programs sustainably. To ensure that our programs are beneficial and sustainable, we conduct extensive research, evaluate and monitor for impacts, and distribute successful interventions as widely as possible for others to adopt and adapt in their own anti-hunger and anti-poverty efforts.

As of June 2011, Freedom from Hunger has trained and supported 150 partner organizations in 19 countries that are currently reaching over 3.9 million people (almost all women in poor, rural communities), benefiting a total of over 21.8 million when family members are included. Freedom from Hunger has made a rich and varied imprint on microfinance practice in India that includes early leadership in the development of the Financial Education program offered through Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), integrating an education methodology called “Learning Conversations” with CRS in eastern India, and designing a curriculum for young girls called “Learning Games for Girls” to help girls plan for and make choices on financial and health issues. www.freedomfromhunger.org

Freedom from Hunger India Trust

Freedom from Hunger India Trust, a registered Indian public charitable trust, was established to carry forward the India Programme of Freedom from Hunger and serve as its affiliate. The Trust is under the direction of founding Trustees with deep experience and connection with India’s social service sector, and is aligned with the vision and mission of the parent organization.

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is a global company that embraces research and science—bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world. The company has committed to meet the UN’s call to action to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)—particularly MDGs 4, 5, and 6, which address maternal and child health. The commitment includes, among other things, a concerted effort to provide access to skilled health workers so that women and children in hard-to-reach places can receive the care they need. www.jnj.com