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Equity in Health and Health Financing: Building and Strengthening Developing Country Networks

Equity in health is a pressing global concern. Disparities in health status and access to health care within and across countries are both a cause and a consequence of social inequality. Access to health services continues to be largely determined by socioeconomic factors, and financial protection against catastrophic health costs remains inadequate. It is crucial to find evidence-based, and locally-produced and owned solutions, to address the issue of equity in health. Three IDRC-sponsored regional networks are separately investigating inequities in health, health financing and health delivery. The networks are: Strategies for Health Insurance for Equity in Less Developed Countries - SHIELD (103457), Equity in Asia-Pacific Health Systems - EQUITAP (105231), and the Latin American Research Network on Financial Protection (LANET), for Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean, respectively. This grant will allow the three networks to cooperate through a series of opportunities for capacity building, exchange, and cross-regional comparative and collaborative work. Such work is expected to enhance the evidence base and dissemination of research results for informed policy design.

Project ID
106439
Project Status
Completed
End Date
Duration
36 months
IDRC Officer
Marie-Gloriose Ingabire
Total Funding
CA$ 1,627,640.00
Location
North of Sahara
South of Sahara
Central Asia
South Asia
Far East Asia
South America
South Asia
South of Sahara
Programs
Maternal and Child Health
Maternal and Child Health
Institution Country
South Africa
Project Leader
Diane McIntyre
Institution
University of Cape Town
Institution Country
Mexico
Project Leader
Dr. Felicia Knaul
Institution
Fundación Mexicana para la Salud
Institution Country
Sri Lanka
Project Leader
Ravindra P. Rannan-Eliya
Institution
Institute for Health Policy