Maternal and Child Health: The Social Protection Divide?

West and Central Africa has the highest regional child and maternal mortality rates in the world and progress towards the health-related Millennium Development Goals has been frustratingly slow. This report analyzes the financial barriers of access that limit use of essential health services by the poor, examines the composition of health financing, and weighs up the pros and cons of alternative approaches to social protection for health in the region. It focuses in particular on the impact of user fees and the prerequisites for successful user fee abolition, while also assessing other approaches to equitable health financing such as social health insurance and mutual health organizations.

Share this article:


Last articles in

The meeting was co-organised by Equity for Children in partnership with UNICEF and the Bristol Poverty Institute, at the University of Bristol, UK, who are collaborating on a research program to improve the international measurement of child and family poverty.
Cada dos años se realiza este gran evento en Manizales, Colombia, para reunir a los principales actores que llevan adelante programas e iniciativas de investigación y promoción comunitaria, barrial y gubernamental en la región de América Latina y el Caribe. Durante los cinco días que durará la Bienal, estaremos informándolos sobre las distintas actividades y […]

Quick search

Type any word of phrase you would like to search in the “Keyword field” and click on “Search” button.
You may also use the Advanced search tool to fine tune your search.