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Integrated Health and Microfinance: Harnessing the Strengths of Two Sectors to Improve Health and Alleviate Poverty in the Andes Image

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Integrated Health and Microfinance: Harnessing the Strengths of Two Sectors to Improve Health and Alleviate Poverty in the Andes

Integrated Health and Microfinance: Harnessing the Strengths of Two Sectors to Improve Health and Alleviate Poverty in the Andes

Summary

The report synthesizes the primary learnings and conclusions and is being shared throughout the community of practice for integrated health and microfinance in the Andean region. It describes the tremendous opportunity for providers of health services and financial services for the poor to join forces to increase access to essential health services for millions of Andean families.

“Linking microfinance and health has proven to be an effective, low-cost and powerful tool to promote health access and safeguard the financial security of poor families,” commented Marcia Metcalfe, Freedom from Hunger’s Director of Microfinance and Health. “This report represents both an opportunity and a call to action for policymakers, practitioners and others committed to serving the poor through the promotion of health and microfinance,” she continued.

The microfinance sector in the Andes serves more than 7 million families, who represent 50% of the population in the region. With data from 24 microfinance institutions in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, the report presents pioneering efforts for integration of microfinance and health and calls for further studies and funding for integrated programs. It outlines how microfinance institutions can, at a low cost, provide access to affordable and sustainable health services to millions of Andean families.



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