Check out these important resources on integrating health in microfinance.

Microfinance Integrated Health in India, Volume 2: The Way Forward (2014) ( Read More )

Health Integrated with Microfinance in India, Volume 2: The Way Forward (2014)

Integrated Health in Microfinance in India, Volume 2: The Way Forward (2014) highlights the context of integrating health with microfinance in light of India’s move to a universal health system for 2020 to document the “best practices of integration” and to highlight potential interventions that can be supported by microfinance institutions and non-governmental organizations that serve self-help groups.

A program to advance

This last part of the report highlights the policy measures taken in the microfinance sector in India since 2011. It discusses the best practices for integrating health with microfinance and proposes a program to go further: a) the public health systems should be more proactive in strengthening community participation in more sustainable health programsâ €; (b) financial service providers should establish links with India’s National Rural Health Management to improve access to health services;

Microfinance Integrated Health in India, Volume 2 was published in 2014 and written by the partnership between the Microcredit Summit Campaign, Freedom from Hunger , the India Institute of Public Health-Gandhinagar . This report was made possible through the support of Johnson & Johnson, SIDBI and the ICCO Corporation.

Integrated health situation in microfinance in the Andean countries, 2012 ( Read more )

Integrated Health and Microfinance: Strengthening 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

The Microcredit Summit Campaign, Freedom from Hunger and the Center for Health Market Innovations released a new report in 2013 entitled Integrated Health in Microfinance: Mobilizing the Strengths of Two Sectors to Improve Health and Reduce Poverty in the Andean Countries – the health situation integrated with microfinance in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru in 2012 .

This report synthesizes the first lessons and conclusions shared among the community of practitioners of health integration in microfinance in the Andean region.

Innovative efforts in the Andes

The microfinance sector in the Andes provides services to more than 7 million families, or 50% of the population of its countries. With data from 24 microfinance institutions in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, this report presents the first efforts to integrate health with microfinance. He calls for further studies and funding for integration programs.

Microfinance Integrated Health Status in India, 2012 ( Read More )

The Microcredit Summit Campaign, “Freedom from Hunger,” and the Indian Institute of Public Health in Gandhinagar, issued a new report in June 2012 titled “Health and Microfinance in India”. : Health and Microfinance in India: Strengthening the Strengths of Both Sectors to Improve Health and Reduce Poverty. The report demonstrates how microfinance can be optimized and is a powerful tool for overcoming one of India’s major obstacles to economic progress for the poor: poor health resulting from lack of access to health services.

Strengthening women’s capacity through integrating microfinance into health education (2008) ( Read more )

This update from a previous edition once again emphasizes the strength of integrating microfinance services with health education. “It highlights the efforts of the Campaign. of the Microcredit Summit and UNFPA for the use of a methodology developed by Freedom from Hunger. The paper presents an analysis of innovative work in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The results of a pilot project in India are noteworthy: they show how it is possible to effectively build local capacity to accelerate large-scale adoption of integrated products.

The document demonstrates the impact of microfinance projects. It also serves as a call for action by development agencies, government agencies, microfinance institutions and donors to invest in this promising strategy, which can change social norms and enable the achievement of many of the MDG goals. The last part proposes eight concrete recommendations for action to implement the “combined services” approach that integrates microfinance services with health education. The eight actions rely on development agencies, governments, microfinance institutions and donors to promote the integration of health education and microfinance as a means to achieve the MDGs.

Freedom from Hunger Resource Library for Microfinance & Health Protection

Find Freedom from Hunger’s research in their Microfinance and Health Protection (MAHP) initiatives. These documents highlight the impact that health interventions have had on clients and MFIs. It is also a technical guide for anyone seeking to demonstrate that health and microfinance can be integrated profitably. Visit the Freedom from Hunger Resource Library today  ! Here are some of the available documents:

  • Microfinance and Health Integration Strategies: Reviewing Evidence to Inform Programs and Practices ( Download here)
  • Costs and benefits of microfinance institutions offering health protection services to clients ( Download here )
  • Health and microfinance, why not? ( Download here )
  • Health financing: a new role for microfinance institutions? ( Download here )
  • Integrating Microfinance and Health Services for Bandhan’s Clients in India – Research Debrief and Full Report
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