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.

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Project status


End Date

Thursday, March 30, 2017


36 months

IDRC Officer

Marie-Gloriose Ingabire

Total funding

CA$ 1,627,640


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central Asia, South Asia, Far East Asia, South America, South Asia, South of Sahara


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Dr. Felicia Knaul


Fundación Mexicana para la Salud

Institution Country


Institution Website


Project Leader

Diane McIntyre


University of Cape Town

Institution Country

South Africa

Institution Website


Project Leader

Ravindra P. Rannan-Eliya


Institute for Health Policy

Institution Country

Sri Lanka

Institution Website