Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
Health and Market Development (HAMED) Webinar Series: Health Provider Linkages
The integration of health with market development provides practitioners with a substantial range of products and services that can serve the comprehensive needs of poor households. HAMED will be hosting a series of webinars that will serve as an introduction to the various strategies that market development and health practitioners are using to simultaneously meet the health and financial needs of poor households. These will be short “coffee break” webinars, lasting approximately 30 minutes in length. Each webinar will provide a brief overview of the landscape for each topic, followed by reflections from additional practitioners working in this area. At the conclusion of the brief practitioner panel discussions, audience participants will have the opportunity to pose specific questions. All webinars will be recorded and posted on the SEEP HAMED website for future access.
Health Provider Linkages
Tuesday, November 5th, 2 PM ET
Speakers: Marcia Metcalfe from Freedom from Hunger, Meredith Kimball from RESULTS, and Molly Christiansen from Living Goods
Topic: Increasingly, there are more partnerships occurring between financial service providers, market development practitioners, and private and public health providers with the goal of better meeting the health needs of poor households. These truly cross-sectoral partnerships build on the strengths of their respective fields. For example, financial service providers provide specific financial products to address health needs (health savings, loans, health microinsurance, etc.) and the ability to link massive numbers of households to existing health services. Market development practitioners who facilitate micro-franchises that sell health products have the business models to increase the uptake and use of critical health products and services. Health practitioners are looking for innovative and cost-effective ways to meet the health needs of their communities. But they also innovate together, such as developing pre-paid health schemes, reducing cost services for clients, and using technology to better link rural clients to needed health care. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the types of innovations being tested and the lessons from these types of cross-sectoral partnerships. This particular webinar will occur during the HAMED Working Group meeting to be held during Member Day of the SEEP Conference.