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July 25, 2017

Providing primary health care through integrated microfinance and health services in Latin America

Region: Americas Scientific publication Empowering and engaging people and communities, Reorienting the model of care, Coordinating services within and across sectors Source: Social Science & Medicine

The simultaneous burdens of communicable and chronic non-communicable diseases cause significant morbidity and mortality in middle-income countries. Integrating health-related services with microfinance has been shown to improve health knowledge, behaviors, and access to appropriate health care. However, limited evidence is available on effects of fully integrating clinical health service delivery alongside microfinance services through large scale and sustained long-term programs, so this study analyze descriptive reports and administrative data for measures related to improving access to primary health services and management of chronic diseases.