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April 6, 2017

A systematic review of strategies to increase access to health services among children in low and middle income countries

Region: Global Scientific publication Empowering and engaging people and communities, Reorienting the model of care Source: BMC Health Services Research

Universal Health Coverage is widely endorsed as the pivotal goal in global health, however substantial barriers to accessing health services for children in low and middle-income countries exist. Failure to access healthcare is an important contributor to child mortality in these settings. Demand side interventions included: educational programmes, text messages, and financial or other incentives. Interventions that delivered services at or closer to home and text messages were in general associated with a significant improvement in relevant outcomes.

There are some intervention areas that seem to show encouraging trends including text message reminders and delivery of services at or close to home.